LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky is bracing for more snow in the west and ice through other parts of the state as the latest winter blast moves through.
Forecasters with the National Weather Service say Paducah and other parts of western Kentucky could see 3 to 5 inches of snow by Tuesday night as warm, humid air moves north from the Gulf Coast and hits cold air.
Meteorologist John Denman in Louisville says the city could see freezing rain after 4 p.m. with a changeover to rain later in the day.
“I think we’re kind of out of the woods for any heavy ice accumulations,” Denman said. “The roads will be too warm.”
The ice is part of a pattern this winter that has seen Kentucky battered this winter by repeated blasts of subfreezing temperatures and snow.
The frozen precipitation prompted early shutdowns by businesses around the state.
Kentucky’s largest school system, Jefferson County Public Schools, along with Hancock County Schools near Owensboro ordered students dismissed two hours early. Fort Knox schools and the military installation planned to open two hours late on Wednesday.
With so much cold weather, Paducah’s salt stockpile is “lower than we would like” for February, said city spokeswoman Pam Spencer. Spencer estimated that the city has used between 300 and 400 tons of salt so far and has another 300 tons in reserve - about enough to cover two more winter weather events without a fresh supply.