The winter weather began to slack Tuesday, but area school districts, including Fayette County, called off classes for Wednesday because of trouble clearing side streets.
And while there is a 30 percent chance of snow showers in Lexington on Wednesday morning, there are only scattered flurries expected in the evening. The daily high and low are forecast to be 28 and 19. And those will rise Thursday and Friday, when sunshine is expected. The respite might be short-lived, though, as "another more significant weather system" could hit the area Sunday and Monday.
That could be troublesome for travelers around the region who already have been hit with numerous delays because of the snowstorms. That time pressure eased Tuesday for passengers at Lexington's Blue Grass Airport, where only three flights were canceled by mid-afternoon, compared to about 40 percent of the schedule Monday, said airport spokeswoman Amy Caudill.
Mary Grant, a school teacher from Griffin, Ga., is now watching the weekend weather closely for her return trip. She arrived at the airport a day late for a visit to her mother in Lexington, after her Monday flight from Atlanta was canceled due to snow. But Delta rebooked her for Tuesday, and all went well, Grant said. Now, though, she's watching the weather for her return flight Sunday.
"I'm hoping for the best," Grant said, crossing her fingers. "The weather this winter has been unreal."
And consider how it took Robert McCray, his wife, Doris, and their friend Ron Compton about 12 hours to fly from Israel to Detroit on Monday — and then 12 more hours to get home to Lexington.
The trio languished for much of the day at Detroit's airport, staring at a screen full of snow-canceled flights to Lexington. Another stranded Bluegrass resident, Pam Anderson, introduced herself. Now a quartet, they decided to rent a car and drive south after they were told they could not get a flight to Lexington until Wednesday. The nearly seven-hour drive down Interstate 75 took them through rough weather.
"The sun was shining in Detroit and the roads were dry," said Robert McCray, a Realtor. "But about 35, 40 miles north of Dayton, it started snowing again. It got treacherous there for a while."