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Smooth sailing for holiday travelers in Ky.

Associated Press Updated: November 27, 2013 at 12:46 pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A line of storms with ice, sleet and rain spared Kentucky travelers the worst of its wrath, creating only minor delays for those traveling during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Louisville International Airport and Blue Grass Airport in Lexington had a steady stream of travelers pass through Wednesday. Blue Grass Airport spokeswoman Amy Caudill said the only delays were because of weather conditions outside of the area and in hub cities. In Louisville, nearly all flights were on-time or projected to be on-time.

The brunt of the storm rolled through eastern Kentucky, which doesn't have a major airport or hub. The snow tapered off by Wednesday morning, leaving some roads slick, but no major traffic accidents were reported.

At Louisville International Airport, long-term parking had filled up and fliers pulled carry-on luggage toward security gates. They talked about Thanksgiving plans, the lack of bad weather and being anxious to get in the air. The lines at the airline ticket counters were relatively short.

Toyna Karm, of Fort Knox, dropped off her 16-year-old daughter Olivia Karm at the airport. They took a few minutes before the teen's flight to Salt Lake City, where she'll visit family, to have breakfast together at a coffee shop kiosk. It wasn't the weather that worried them, but rather a connecting flight.

"She's never been to Detroit," Tonya Karm said. "And, she's only got an hour to change planes."

Nearby, Andrew Kerns of Lexington, fiddled with his phone while waiting to catch a flight to Kansas City on the way to visit family in Overland Park, Kan. Kerns said the traffic and weather were "not too bad" for the day before Thanksgiving.

"I'm optimistic for a smooth travel day today," Kerns said.

Most of Kentucky had cold weather with light snow. The National Weather Service offices in Paducah, Louisville and Jackson each reported temperatures Wednesday morning in the 20s with highs expected to reach the low 30s.

As Karm and her daughter finished breakfast, they mused on the relative ease of traveling out of Louisville rather than Nashville, Tenn., or larger cities.

"It's usually pretty good here. We like it," Tonya Karm said. "You don't have to do the four-hours before the flight, panic situation."

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