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Icy temperatures follow near-record snowstorm

Lila Gray Boden, 2, got a bit of air while sledding down a hill Friday outside Shriners Hospital for Children on Richmond Road. Schools were called off for the day after a Thursday snowfall of 3.3 inches just missed a record for the date.
Lila Gray Boden, 2, got a bit of air while sledding down a hill Friday outside Shriners Hospital for Children on Richmond Road. Schools were called off for the day after a Thursday snowfall of 3.3 inches just missed a record for the date.

Lexington fell just short of beating a record for snowfall on Thursday after the latest storm blanketed the state, causing at least three fatal car crashes, and temperatures below freezing are forecast for the weekend.

The storm dropped 3.3 inches at Blue Grass Airport, according to meteorologist Ryan Sharp of the National Weather Service in Louisville. The record for the date was 3.5 inches in 1915.

Many Central Kentucky counties saw 3 to 4 inches of snow. More snow fell in parts of southern Indiana. Louisville set a record for the date with 3.6 inches.

Light snow continued Friday morning over Eastern Kentucky, but the major weather issues in the state were cold temperatures and slick roads.

There were at least three reports of weather-related traffic deaths, in Hardin, Union and Knott counties.

According to state police, Warren S. Mooney of Vine Grove was driving a 2000 Ford Ranger east on Ky. 1600 in Hardin County about 3 p.m. Thursday when he lost control of the vehicle on the snow-covered road. Mooney hit a 1995 Mercury Villager driven by Norman L. Caudill, also of Vine Grove.

Caudill was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital, where he died.

A two-vehicle fatal wreck occurred in Union County about 4:20 p.m. Thursday.

Detective James Lyon of the Union County Sheriff's Department said Ricky Tyler Garnett, 20, of Uniontown was traveling north on Ky. 130 near the intersection of Ky. 666 when he lost control of his car and crossed the center line into the southbound lane.

Garnett hit a Ford truck driven by Jeremy Millikan, 22, of Uniontown.

Garnett and Millikan were taken to Union County Methodist Hospital. Garnett died at the hospital. Millikan was treated for a minor head injury and released.

Lyon said Garnett was going "too fast" for road conditions.

"They were terrible," Lyon said of the road conditions. "Snowy, icy."

A Perry County man died when he hit a commercial vehicle that was driving in reverse on Ky. 15 in southern Knott County on Friday morning.

State police say Christopher L. Collins, 34, couldn't stop his vehicle on the icy road and it slammed into the commercial vehicle. He was declared dead at the scene.

Calvin Turner, the driver of the commercial vehicle from Birmingham, Ala., was not hurt.

At the National Weather Service office in Jackson, forecaster Anthony Richey said most of the snow had pushed out of the state Friday morning after dropping as much as 3 inches at Mount Sterling, Sharpsburg and Salyers.

Temperatures were expected to remain below freezing throughout the weekend.

In Lexington, highs in the 20s and lows in the teens were expected Saturday and Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures should warm up slightly next week, starting Monday with highs in the mid-30s and lows in the mid-20s. Temperatures were expected to stay in that range through Friday.

Cloudy skies and snow flurries could persist through the weekend and into next week, with some accumulation possible Tuesday, the weather service reported.

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