- Associated Press - Sunday, March 2, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Freezing rain and sleet moved across Kentucky on Sunday, part of a winter storm that will make road travel treacherous and could result in power outages, officials said.

Most of the state was under a winter storm warning Sunday, with southwest Kentucky facing an ice storm warning. The freezing rain and ice was expected to turn into snow later Sunday, and snowfall was expected to continue into Monday. Meteorologists said significant accumulations of ice were possible.

Parts of the state could receive up to 8 inches of sleet and snow through Monday, with temperatures hitting lows in the single digits Monday night, according to the National Weather Service. The state activated its emergency operations center Sunday afternoon.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said ice had collected on trees and vehicles, and some tree limbs started to sag under the weight. Falling tree limbs could hit power lines, causing them to break.

Officials told residents to avoid unnecessary travel. In Union County, salted and plowing roads to deal with slick spots.

In Lexington, Mayor Jim Gray said the city is ready for the ice and snow. He said road crews began work at noon, and the city has 3,800 tons of salt available to spread on icy roads.

“Here we are again. About the time we think things just couldn’t possibly get worse, they do,” Gray said. “We have planned for this.”

In Louisville, dozens of flights were canceled. The city’s grocery stores were busy Sunday afternoon as residents like Laura Farley loaded up on supplies.

Farley told WLKY-TV that she was ready for winter to be over.

“It’s been a nuisance. I can’t remember any year when it was this bad,” she said.

Authorities said the ferry connecting Hickman, Ky. with Dorena, Mo. was closed due to icy conditions. A suspension bridge over the Ohio River between Cincinnati and Kentucky was closed Sunday because of ice covering its hard-to-treat metal grid deck.

Churches throughout the state canceled services due to the threat of bad weather. Warming stations were opened to help homeless get out of the cold and wet weather.

The Kentucky State Police asked motorists to keep a lookout for potentially stranded motorists.


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