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Snow squall leads to several wrecks, keeps Lexington police busy

A man walked in the snow by the cafe tables in the plaza outside the main library at East Main and South Limestone in Lexington, Ky., Friday, January 17, 2014. A light during of snow fell overnight with more in the forecast for today. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff
A man walked in the snow by the cafe tables in the plaza outside the main library at East Main and South Limestone in Lexington, Ky., Friday, January 17, 2014. A light during of snow fell overnight with more in the forecast for today. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff Herald-Leader

A snow squall coupled with cold temperatures created icy spots on many Lexington streets and kept police busy early Friday morning.

Police Lt. Chris Van Brackel said the snow started just after 6 a.m. and quickly started causing problems, especially at bridges and overpasses.

"It just got them cold enough to ice over," he said.

Numerous fender-bender accidents were reported in scattered areas all over town, starting just before 7 a.m., according to police.

The snow stopped about 8 a.m., but conditions remained slippery.

As of 8:30 a.m. police were working seven non-injury accidents and one injury crash in scattered areas, according to Van Brackel.

"They're spread all around: McConnell Trace; Majestic View Walk; Aqueduct; two on Virginia; one on Tates Creek; and one downtown on Fourth Street."

More snow showers are expected, and Van Brackel said drivers will need to stay cautious.

"They should slow down and increase their following distances," he said. "It's same stuff we've been say every winter."

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