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Wintry mix slows traffic, closes schools

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By Ben Carlson

A wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain closed schools and brought traffic to a crawl Monday night and Tuesday morning across Anderson County.

Only a smattering of minor traffic-related incidents was reported by Tuesday morning.

"We've had a number of vehicles off the road on the [Martha Layne Collins Bluegrass] Parkway and some on Highway 151, but thankfully nothing major," said Todd Sparrow of the city of Lawrenceburg's emergency dispatch center.

"I guess people were taking their time."

Chip Chambers, the county's highway foreman, said road crews had cleared about 75 percent of county roads by Tuesday at 9 a.m., and planned to have the rest cleared shortly after that.

"We came in at 2 a.m. and had the chains on the trucks and were on the road by 2:45," Chambers said, noting the Department of Transportation's rules allow drivers to work no more than 12 hours before getting an eight-hour break. "We'll work until around 2 p.m."

Chambers praised the highway crew for getting a majority of the roads cleared despite the icy conditions.

"Even though we had one truck break down, they still did a really, really good job clearing the roads," he said. "My guys are good."

Anderson residents received plenty of warning about the storm, which began Monday around 5 p.m. and had produced several inches of snow by 9 p.m. before turning to sleet and freezing rain.

As the snow fell and streets became slick, traffic around the city slowed to a crawl as some vehicles heading east on Woodford Street struggled to make it up the small hill at the intersection with Main Street.

Business at the city's grocery stores appeared brisk, as residents stocked up on essentials in case of protracted ice storm.

By Tuesday morning, the main streets in the city were slushy but mostly clear, but side streets remained covered with snow and ice.

"It's pretty much just slush, now," Chambers said Tuesday morning. "It's not too bad, but this freezing rain hasn't helped."