The first heavy snow of the season covered roads and canceled schools across Central and Eastern Kentucky Monday, and bitter temperatures were on tap for Tuesday.
Overnight lows in some areas were expected to drop into single digits, according to the National Weather Service. The low temperatures might cause some roads to refreeze overnight, making them slick for the Tuesday morning commute.
"The biggest issue that's happening tonight is it's going to get down in the single digits," said Sam Williams, director of the Streets, Roads and Forestry Division in Fayette County. "At that temperature, even the roads we treated with rock salt will freeze back."
He said crews would monitor roads overnight and would continue working Tuesday morning.
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On Monday, the roads were slick and snow-covered as commuters traveled during the morning rush. The roads cleared up by Monday afternoon, when light snow and snow flurries continued to fall. Several counties were under winter weather advisories and warnings much of the day.
Emergency officials in some cities said there were few reports of serious weather-related problems on Monday.
Brenda Lucas, an emergency dispatcher in Beattyville, said the phones were quiet Monday morning. She had not heard any reports of serious wrecks or power outages.
"Everything is closed, and everybody just stayed home," Lucas said.
Sara George, spokeswoman for the Kentucky Highway Department's District 12 in Eastern Kentucky, said there were a few reports of people slipping off roads on U.S. 23 south of Pikeville, especially in the Foggy Mountain and Dorton Hill area.
In Lexington, police responded to at least 37 non-injury crashes between midnight and 11 a.m. Monday, police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said. There were four wrecks in which someone was hurt.
The storm brought 4.3 inches of snow to Lexington, according to the National Weather Service in Louisville.
In Central Kentucky, snow totals ranged from two to four inches, with some accumulation of about five inches near the Tennessee line.
According to the National Weather Service in Jackson, Heidelburg in Lee County had received 10 inches by Monday morning.
"It looks like a lot of five- and six-inch reports all over the place," said Jeff Carico, a spokesman for the weather service in Jackson.
Angie Lese, a meteorologist with the Louisville weather service, said some untreated and secondary roads were dangerous Monday morning. But the worst conditions were Sunday night.
"The roads were probably worse last night because we had snow accumulate so quickly, and road crews can't keep up when that happens," Lese said Monday. "Plus, we had falling temperatures way below freezing."
Classes were canceled at many Kentucky schools, including Fayette County.
At Blue Grass Airport, there were a few departure delays Monday morning because of snow in other cities, including Detroit and Atlanta, said Amy Caudill, spokeswoman for the airport. She said there were no cancellations.