Thousands of stranded motorists endured agonizingly long waits Thursday lasting nearly 24 hours for some as a winter storm walloped Kentucky and frustrated travelers dealt with gas tanks and stomachs close to empty.
The massive traffic jam stretched for about 26 miles, from just north of Elizabethtown past Shepherdsville.
National Guard soldiers and emergency workers were dispatched to make safety checks on the frustrated travelers.
Some parts of the state saw up to two feet of snow Thursday. And residents may not get relief Friday — officials say rising temperatures could lead to flooding in the state.
Gov. Steve Beshear warned of potential flash flooding as the snow melts. He says the concerns about possible river flooding aren't as great.