As Central Kentucky prepares for the incoming winter storm expected to make landfall Friday evening, Officials in Western Kentucky say they are experiencing icy road conditions making a tough time for travelers.
West Tennesseeans woke this morning to its first round of precipitation in the form of sleet and a second round of precipitation is falling now as snow.
It took her longer to drive to work, avoiding the back road she usually takes because of sleet.
"There's not much of it, " she said. "I had to drive pretty slow".
A wintry blast coated parts of Kentucky and Tennessee with sleet and ice early Friday, forcing schools to close. On top of that was about three tenths of an inch of sleet, said National Weather Service meteorologist Robin Smith.
In Kentucky, truck stop employee Paige Harville said traffic was much lighter than usual early Friday along Interstate 24 at Paducah.
Winds up to 35 miles per hour (56 kph) further complicated driving. By early afternoon, much of western Kentucky had 1-3 inches (3-8 centimeters) of snow. "West Tennessee weather forecasters expect from 1" of snow accumulation in the southern part of the region to nearly 4" near the Kentucky border.
Meanwhile, forecasters predicted 2-5 inches (5-12 centimeters) of snow in the Louisville and Lexington areas of Kentucky as temperatures dropped. Several colleges and universities in both states also canceled classes, including at Vanderbilt University, Murray State University and Western Kentucky University.
The winter storm prompted Kentucky House and Senate leaders to call off Friday's legislative session.
Winter weather advisories were canceled in Webster Parish Friday morning. By midday Friday, the Kentucky Emergency Management agency reported slightly more than 900 outages statewide.
Tens of thousands of people in northern Alabama are getting the day off because of the possibility of icy weather. Forecasters predicted the light snow and sleet will be clearing Friday night.
More than 15 school systems in the state's Tennessee Valley region shut down Friday as forecasters warned of the possibility of ice, sleet and snow that could coat roads.
Four universities also closed, and the Army's massive Redstone Arsenal complex at Huntsville is dismissing workers early.