Central Kentucky was braced for an ice storm but awoke Thursday to a slushy mix of rain and ice.
The story was the same in much of Eastern Kentucky.
"Buddy, we dodged a bullet," Letcher County emergency manager Paul Miles said.
One death could be attributed to the storm: Howard C. Garner, 80, of Nancy, lost control of his 1996 Jeep on a patch of ice on Highway 80 in Russell County at 12:35 p.m. Thursday, state police said. The Jeep ran off the road and overturned, and Garner was pronounced dead at the scene.
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There were dozens of other accidents, and some flights were canceled or delayed. Power outages were somewhat sparse.
The forecast calls for a high of 29 Friday with no precipitation, and 29 Saturday with some sun breaking through.
A light freezing drizzle, changing into snow flurries, was expected for much of Central Kentucky late Thursday night and into early Friday morning, said Rick Lasher, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Louisville.
Thursday's snow and sleet accumulations reached about an inch.
Kentucky Utilities spokesman Cliff Feltham said 1,500 customers of his company lost power across the state, including a few in Lexington. Power was quickly restored to most of them.
Kentucky Power outages peaked at about 6,700 in the 20 counties the company serves in Eastern Kentucky. About 11 a.m., that number was down to about 4,300, and power was expected to be restored by 6 p.m. to all customers, company spokesman Ronn Robinson said.
The largest outage was caused by a transformer at the Leslie County substation, Robinson said.
Appalachian Regional Healthcare in Hazard and Mary Breckinridge Hospital in Hyden were running on backup generators early in the day, but they had reported no problems to emergency managers.
A few minor power outages were reported in Pike County, including one that affected as many as 900 customers because of a downed transformer, Pike County emergency manager Doug Tackett said. The county did not have to open prepared emergency shelters, he said.
The regional emergency management office in Hazard said many counties had prepared shelters in expectation of a worse storm but, as of Thursday morning, none had opened.
Miles, the Letcher County emergency manager, said the county had prepared for as much as 4 inches of snow and half an inch of ice, but the storm didn't meet expectations. Roads in Letcher County were slushy and slick Thursday morning.
State police at Columbia post said main roads in the area, which crews have worked on, were mostly wet with a few slick spots, but side roads were slick and hazardous. They'd had only one injury accident in the post area.
At the London post, police reported that roads were slick and hazardous throughout the area, which includes Interstate 75 from Tennessee to the Rockcastle-Madison county line.
"We're working wrecks all up and down I-75," said Trooper Don Trosper, spokesman for the post.
Several people have been injured in the wrecks, but there were no reports of fatal accidents.
Garrard County Judge-Executive John Wilson said conditions there were not as bad as they've been previously.
"There's a lot of slick roads, but it's nothing compared to the ice storm of the previous year," Wilson said.
Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock said a vehicle overturned on Interstate 75 near the Duncannon Lane exit Thursday morning, but no one was injured.
"For the most part, drivers seem to be slowing down and taking their time," Brock said.
Lexington police responded to about 32 non-injury wrecks and five injury collisions Thursday morning, spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said. She said extra officers were prepared to handle wrecks on Lexington roads, which were mostly covered in slush Thursday morning.
"Even though they're slushy, even though they're slick, they're definitely not as bad as they could have been," Roberts said.
The icy weather closed or delayed dozens of schools throughout Kentucky and delayed final exams at Eastern Kentucky University and University of Kentucky.
At least seven flights — including flights to Chicago, Detroit, Memphis and New York — were canceled at Blue Grass Airport Thursday morning because of the icy conditions in Lexington and in the destination cities, Blue Grass Airport spokeswoman Amy Caudill said.
At least four other flights were delayed — two flights to Atlanta and two to Charlotte, N.C.
Several inbound flights were delayed or canceled.
The Kentucky weather was part of a massive storm that snarled traffic and closed schools across a wide swath of the country.
It was worse in the South, which is least accustomed to such weather.
In Eastern North Carolina, a man was killed when a pickup truck and car collided near Fayetteville.