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A video update is now posted on the District 4 Facebook Page from I-65 backup in Hart County.  Since shooting the video a minor crash has also happened southbound at Mile Point 67 which is also contributing to congestion.

Link: http://www.facebook.com/kytcd4

Here is the latest update on road conditions from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet:

Overnight, KYTC crews plowed all state maintained routes.  With temperatures below zero in some locations, chemical treatments were not an option overnight.  Plowing will continue this morning and we are beginning to lay salt along routes.

Packed snow and refreezing conditions are common this morning.

I-65 South of Elizabethtown - Semi blockages from Wednesday night are now cleared and motorists who were stuck through Hart County were able to make their way north on Thursday evening.  There were several semis which would not start or could not move in the queue.  Other vehicles were able to "snake" through.

Lance Dennee / WKMS

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is urging motorists to stay off highways to allow emergency crews to clear snow and stalled vehicles. Heavy snowfall across the region led Beshear to declare a state of emergency for the second time in a month.

“A lot of these people have been working 12 hour shifts for two weeks now because of the first winter storm and now this one," Beshear said. "But, they’re doing a great job and we just ask people to be careful and be patient as we try to get the roads cleared."

Beshear said 85 National Guard troops from six armories have been activated to assist with the emergency response around the state.

The snowfall snarled traffic on Interstate 65 in central Kentucky and I-24 in western Kentucky. Dozens of motorists had to be rescued.

WKU offices in Bowling Green will open at 10 a.m. Friday. Classes Friday remain canceled and campuses in Glasgow, Owensboro and Elizabethtown/Ft. Knox remain closed Friday. Saturday classes in Bowling Green will proceed as scheduled.

Bowling Green and Warren County public schools will remain closed Friday because of the inclement weather.

There will be no night classes Thursday on the main campus of Campbellsville University and at any CU location.

Thursday night's Concert Band performance at Campbellsville University has been canceled.

The National Weather Service is measuring Bowling Green's snow accumulation at 7.2 inches as of 10 am.

Here are some other totals from across our region, according to the NWS:

Leitchfield: 24 inches

Horse Branch: 22 inches

Central City: 21 inches

Elizabethtown: 21 inches

Hartford: 19.5 inches

Morgantown: 16 inches

Campbellsville: 8 inches

Franklin: 4.5 inches

Kentucky State Police say hundreds of drivers are stranded on a more than 80-mile stretch of Interstate 24.

Gov. Steve Beshear’s declaration of emergency has freed up National Guard personnel to help evacuate those stranded. KSP Post 1 public affairs officer Jay Thomas says the back-up begins at mile marker 11 and stretches all the way to the Tennessee state line.

McCracken County Emergency Management spokesman Beau Dodson said a few wrecks early Thursday morning caused the Interstate to shut down.

“With snow coming down 1, 2, 3 inches an hour, there was really no way to fix the situation other than to close the Interstate.”

Dodson said many are also stuck on I-24 waiting to get into Kentucky from Illinois and Tennessee. Crews are working to clear roads but Dodson said it is going to take while before cars can be cleared from the road and snow plows can get through.

Motorists in pockets along a 40-mile stretch of I-65 in Kentucky have been stranded in their vehicles since late Wednesday evening. Numerous accidents due to the winter weather caused traffic standstills, followed by heavy snowfall that blocked motorists from being able to move.

The Kentucky National Guard was mobilized Thursday morning in an effort to help dig those motorists out. Chris Jessie, with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Elizabethtown office, says several snow plows sent to assist motorists last night also got stuck.

The stranded motorists are sitting along parts of I-65 between mile markers 65-105.

Stranded motorists are being asked to call 270.765.5978 for assistance. Those who are rescued in the Hardin County region are being taken to the Pritchard Community Center.

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has declared a state of emergency for the second time in less than a month after more than 20 inches of snow fell overnight in some parts of the state.

The declaration authorizes the National Guard to help with relief efforts and empowers state officials to close roads in the interest of public safety.

A full day of rain on Wednesday meant it was impossible for road crews to prepare roads in advance of the snowfall that began about 5 p.m. EST and continued well into Thursday morning.

National Weather Service

Update at 9:26 a.m.:

All WKU classes on all campuses have been canceled for both Thursday and Friday. 

Update at 9:15 a.m.

Interstate 65 is impassable at this time through Hart, LaRue and Hardin Counties due to snow and stranded vehicles.  Kentucky National Guard members are mobilized and responding.   An emergency number is now setup for stranded motorists to request assistance:  (270) 765-5978.

Travelers who require immediate attention (only) will be taken to Prichard Community Center in Elizabethtown.

Crashes that occurred at the onset of winter precipitation Wednesday night created long traffic backup segments between Munfordville (Exit 65) and Lebanon Junction (Exit 105).  KYTC crews were unable to get to these areas in a timely manner and snows have accumulated around stopped vehicles.  With blocked access to the remainder of this stretch of interstate, in between areas have not been plowed and are impassable.

Snow Storm to Hit Kentucky After Warmer Temperatures

Mar 4, 2015

Kentuckians are dealing with flooded roadways and mudslides as they brace for another winter storm that will blanket the state with snow.

Weather forecasters say the heavy rain will turn to snow, sleet or freezing rain by Wednesday afternoon. Media reported that some schools have canceled classes or will dismiss early due to the forecast.

The National Weather Service says colder air will bring on the winter storm, dumping up to 12 inches of snow in areas around Louisville down to Elizabethtown and east to Frankfort and Lexington.

Southern areas like Campbellsville and Bowling Green are expected to get five to 10 inches beginning on Wednesday. The snow is expected fall into Thursday.

The weather service says the storm will make travel difficult and could knock out electric power in some areas.

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