Arrival of freezing rain creates road hazards

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Hardin County Schools closed today because of weather

Icy conditions arrived in Hardin County shortly after 4 a.m. today and roads soon were becoming hazardous.

Police and rescue crews were called to mile-marker 83 on Interstate 65 shortly after 4 where a motorist was trapped in an overturned vehicle in the southbound lanes. About an hour later, police received reports of multiple trucks jackknifed around the Glendale exit, which also was blocking southbound traffic. At one point, interstate traffic was reported at a standstill with dozens of traffic mishaps reported.

Kentucky State Police were dispatched to a similar interstate mishap two miles north of the Munfordville exit in Hart County. Multiple small crashes and vehicles sliding off the road also were reported, included a Greyhound bus.

School closings have been announced by Hardin County, Elizabethtown Independent Schools, Elizabethtown Christian Academy, Grayson, LaRue and Nelson counties. Bullitt County Schools are on a two-hour delay.

Reports of icy roads also are reported this morning in LaRue, Grayson, Hart, Nelson, Breckinridge, Green and Taylor counties.

A wintry mix predicted by the National Weather Service arrived on schedule with freezing rain and sleet. Despite preparations by road crews, icy conditions formed on surfaces, particularly bridges and overpasses, complicating travel.

A mix of rain, snow, sleet and freezing rain are expected, according to the forecast, with light icing across the region. Some snow accumulation is possible from the front.

A winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect until 2 p.m. today for Hardin, LaRue, Nelson, Grayson, Hart, Bullitt and Jefferson are part of the winter advisory. Meade and Breckinridge counties are not part of the advisory but are under an NWS hazardous weather outlook which also calls for some wintry conditions.

Forecasters say a slight shift in the storm track could result in a vast differences in precipitation types and amounts. Residents are encouraged to keep track of weather changes.