Another round of winter weather moves through

A line of semi-trucks tow trucks and cars sits stationary on Interstate 40 westbound as road crews clear up an accident on Friday Jan. 12 2018 near Henderson Tenn. The winter storm which began with an icy mix before turning to snow forced schools

Adrian Sainz Associated Press Traffic was motionless on Interstate 40 as crewed cleared a crash near Henderson Tenn. on Friday

In central Louisiana Friday morning, forecasters said parts of the state could get slick as rain was expected to slowly transition to freezing rain or a sleet and snow mix.

In Kentucky, truck stop employee Paige Harville said traffic was much lighter than usual early Friday along Interstate 24 at Paducah.

"There's not much of it, " she said.

"I had to remove a sheet of ice from my vehicle this morning", said Dennis Philebar of Minden.

In nearby Mayfield in western Kentucky, postal workers arrived at work to find their delivery vehicles iced over. Letter carrier Corey Asher was ready for treacherous conditions as he started his route. "You have to be real diligent about where you walk, and use hand rails".

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All highway crews in Western Kentucky returned to full staffing starting at 6:00 am Saturday in an effort to get highways as clear as possible before temperatures plummet to lows in the single digits over the next several days.

Winter conditions made for hazardous driving conditions in Tennessee and Kentucky. On top of that was about three tenths of an inch of sleet, said National Weather Service meteorologist Robin Smith.

Winds up to 35 miles per hour (56 kph) further complicated driving. "Round two this afternoon brings from 1" to 3" of snow, with higher accumulations along the Kentucky border. "West Tennessee weather forecasters expect from 1" of snow accumulation in the southern part of the region to nearly 4" near the Kentucky border. Forecasters predicted snow would cover the sheets of ice as temperatures dropped as the storm moved east.

Some flights were canceled at the Memphis airport.

The winter storm prompted Kentucky House and Senate leaders to call off Friday's legislative session.

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam closed state offices Friday in West and Middle Tennessee because of the winter weather.

Power outages in Kentucky appeared to be sporadic.

Schreiner reported from Louisville, Kentucky.

Tens of thousands of people in northern Alabama are getting the day off because of the possibility of icy weather.

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 several counties closed their offices for the day.

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