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Snow made for a slow afternoon commute

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Afternoon snow made for a messy Thursday night on Louisville area roads. Afternoon snow made for a messy Thursday night on Louisville area roads.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Afternoon snow made for a messy Thursday night on Louisville area roads.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet started snow crews early Thursday morning, but it seemed they were really needed in the afternoon rush hour.

As both freezing rain and snow began to fall throughout the afternoon many people likely left work early to avoid the slick roads. That caused a rush of traffic combined with bad visibility causing major back-ups on Interstate 64, Interstate 71 and the Gene Snyder Freeway. Some of the city's main thoroughfares, like Shelbyville and Lexington Roads, were icy and slow going. A lot of drivers bumped into each other and some cars stalled out.

In some cases driving just four miles took an hour. Our trip east on I-71 to the Gene Snyder had us in the car for an hour and a half. Some WAVE 3 News viewers said their ride home was over two hours.

A little further out near Taylorsville we found snow covered roads and drivers barely moving on an icy Taylorsville Lake Road.

As of 9 p.m.  Metro Public Works leaders said streets were looking good in central and west Louisville, but from Bardstown Road and everything east of there, road crews reported the surface as slick. The city has some 90 trucks out dropping salt and calcium chloride.

Other areas like Bullitt and Henry Counties were also reporting black ice and slick spots.

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