NEW RICHMOND, Ohio -- This small riverside village just east of Cincinnati became an idyllic winter wonderland Friday, as a storm system threatening the East Coast skirted downtown Cincinnati but dropped several inches of snow south and east of the city.
Road crews in Brown, Adams and Clermont counties spent Friday night digging out. Many in New Richmond said they planned to hunker down for the weekend and enjoy the natural, rural beauty New Richmond offers.
"Well at my house, the favorite part of snow is we feed the birds, and the birds are beautiful and brilliant. And we feed the deer, and the deer come out. And we live in a forest, and it's just so beautiful, and then walking the dogs," Roxanne Devine said.
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Just east of New Richmond, Brown County spent Friday under a Level 2 snow emergency; people were discouraged from driving unless they absolutely needed to be out.
Road conditions quickly deteriorated in Grant County, Kentucky during the day Friday. The county courthouse in Williamstown was closed as county officials expected roads to become dangerous.
Although crews from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet worked to keep Interstate 75 as clear as possible, Jason Acree spun out as he drove to Lexington.
"A car passed me and just the wind, the wind shear I guess, just sent me sideways, and once I went sideways, I lost control of the vehicle," Acree said. "I just went through a spin and then into the rail."
He wasn't injured in the crash.
Maysville, Kentucky also was blanketed, and shoppers stocked up for what they expected to be a weekend stuck at home.
"I've restocked the milk a couple of times already, and as it's going, it looks like we'll probably run out of milk today just the way it's going," IGA store manager Charlie Collins said.
Mark Ginn, a private plow operator in Maysville, didn't have a lot of sympathy for people who weren't prepared -- "if we ain't ready for it, it's your own fault," he said -- but also admitted it could take a while to dig out.
"It's just snowing so fast that you just can't keep up -- I mean you just, and a lot of traffic, if the traffic will calm down, we can get her clean," Ginn said.
Several Northern Kentucky cities and counties declared snow emergencies Friday, discouraging people from driving and requiring cars to be moved from snow emergency routes so plows could get through.
On I-75 south of Lexington, drivers were stranded for hours along the stretch between London and Berea.
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin declared a statewide emergency, giving local officials immediate access to state resources in dealing with the storm. Bevin also encouraged people to stay off the roads as authorities dealt with a multitude of wrecks around the commonwealth.
Snowfall is expected to dwindle during the overnight hours into Saturday morning.