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Snow and ice to relax their grip on Kentucky

While snow and ice left Central Kentuckians slipping and sliding to work Tuesday morning, the Wednesday commute was expected to be much better.

The National Weather Service was predicting a chance of rain or freezing rain before 1 a.m. Wednesday for Lexington, then a 20 percent chance of rain before 10 a.m. However, little accumulation was expected.

Wednesday's high was expected to be about 37 degrees.

The weather service also said there was a chance of rain Thursday, with thunderstorms possible Thursday night and Friday.

Drivers were urged to use caution Tuesday night, as there was concern that the wet roads could become slick as temperatures dropped.

The state police post in Frankfort, which serves Fayette Woodford, Franklin, Scott, Anderson, Spencer and Shelby counties, handled a number of minor accidents early Tuesday evening as bridges and overpasses became slippery again.

Snowfall neared a half-foot in some areas Tuesday morning, but the brunt of the winter storm had moved on by the afternoon, forecasters said.

About 21/2 inches of snow was reported in Fayette County on Tuesday morning, and as much as 4 inches was reported in Frankfort.

Business was slow Tuesday morning at Bo's Smoke Shop in Lawrenceburg. Store manager Lecy Elovipz said she'd had about 10 customers, about a third of her usual business.

"We were rushed yesterday (Monday)," she said. "People knew it was coming, so they were stocking up."

In Lexington, Mayor Jim Newberry said late Tuesday morning that the city had weathered the storm with remarkably few problems.

Lexington police reported only 17 car accidents, none life-threatening, between midnight and 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. To compare, when weather caused slick roads Dec. 6, more than 200 accidents occurred in Fayette County.

Some accidents were reported elsewhere around the area, including one in Knott County, where a school bus driver and four children suffered minor injuries when the bus ran off a road and went over an embankment. It landed in a creek.

Although the road was wet from overnight rain, Trooper Tony Watts of the state police said the accident wasn't weather-related.

A tractor-trailer on Interstate 64 jackknifed overnight Monday, closing the road for a few hours, one Frankfort state police dispatcher said.

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