Winter spared central Kentucky much of the wrath it visited upon areas to the west and north, leaving officials and residents with some minor headaches today but not the major icy hangover many expected.
"We were geared up pretty good, but we got lucky for the most part," Trooper Chris Lanham of the Kentucky State Post in Richmond said this morning. "Mostly what we're dealing with is minor traffic accidents, just a few fender-benders."
Boyle and surrounding counties were hit with about an inch of ice and snow that followed heavy rains. Most roads were slick but passable this morning. Power outages and loss of land-line phone service was reported in spots throughout the five-county area.
With the area surviving the winter threat relatively unscathed, officials were turning their concerns Thursday to the bitterly cold temperatures expected to last through the weekend. Sub-freezing temperatures will make it difficult for road crews to keep the highways clear for holiday motorists and icy trees and utility lines will continue to interrupt power service, officials said.