Updated Friday, Feb. 1 – 11:15am
Patchy freezing drizzle or light snow will be possible over southern Indiana and portions of north-central Kentucky through early afternoon. This light precipitation may still cause slick spots on untreated roadways in areas that remain below freezing. Drivers should slow down and use caution on potentially slick roads.
Temperatures are expected to warm above freezing for all locations by mid-afternoon with improving conditions expected.
Updated Thursday, Jan. 31 – 8pm
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Lexington from 3am to 11am, Friday, February 1, 2019.
Light snow developing late tonight over south-central Indiana and much of central Kentucky. Precipitation mixing with or changing to light freezing rain or sleet, before ending as a little light rain, especially over parts of central Kentucky. Total snow accumulations of an inch or less. A glaze of ice is possible on roads and especially elevated surfaces.
Expect some roads, overpasses, and elevated surfaces to become slick. Use caution if driving. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute.
A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Expect snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.
Updated Thursday, Jan. 31 – Noon
A period of snow and freezing rain late tonight and Friday morning will result in only minor accumulations but could create slick spots on roadways for the Friday morning commute. Snow will spread across the area after midnight tonight, with less than a half inch accumulation in most locations. A brief period of freezing rain is also possible early Friday morning, with a light ice glaze
possible. The best chance for snow or ice accumulations will be along and north of the Western Kentucky and Bluegrass Parkways.
Temperatures in Lexington will continue to be in the single digits until sometime Thursday afternoon. Wind chills will make it feel like it’s even colder – negative teens. Warming toward the weekend. Here’s the full forecast.
A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect until this afternoon. It means that cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills. Frostbite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken. Make sure you wear a hat and gloves.
Stay indoors if possible and if you have to be outdoors, limit your time. Wear a hat, mittens or gloves and a wind-proof jacket. Bring pets indoors.
Remember that this is an extreme event. Below freezing temperatures for days can affect areas in a home or workplace that normally don’t freeze. This includes basements, crawl spaces under a home and garages. Walk around your home to make sure that you don’t have frozen pipes and items that you may store in the garage haven’t frozen.
Here’s the latest overall update:
Temperatures are expected to remain well below freezing through Thursday. Temperatures are predicted to decline by evening. Motorists should remember that black ice can form on previously treated roadways, and exercise patience and caution during their evening commute. Bridges, ramps and overpasses typically freeze before surface level roadways.
Residents can get information on accidents, lane blockages, snow-and-ice trouble spots and road closures through the city’s Twitter accounts (@lexwrecks and @lexkypolice). They can also view traffic at major intersections in real time through the city’s traffic cameras at LexingtonKY.gov/Traffic.
Slick spots and other concerns can be reported by calling 3-1-1, using the free LexCall app for Android or iPhone or visiting LexingtonKY.gov/LexCall. Officials remind citizens to call 911 for all traffic and other emergencies.
The extreme temperatures are also dangerous to pets. Owners are advised to limit their exposure to the outdoors as well.
Remember to keep pets, young children and anything that can burn 3 feet away from heating sources such as furnaces, fireplaces or portable space heaters.
The Office of Homelessness Prevention & Intervention Emergency Weather Plan remains in effect. Anyone who wishes to report someone who may need a ride to a shelter can call the HopeMobile van at (859) 252-7881. Referrals are accepted Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Residents may also call the Compassionate Caravan at (859) 913-0038 during activation periods and leave a message. (Note: Messages will not be returned to this number.) If you wish to speak with someone with the Compassionate Caravan, call (859) 255-0301.
Anyone needing assistance can dial 2-1-1, text their zip code to 898211 or log onto www.uwbg211.org for locations of shelters and other resources in Lexington and surrounding counties.
The snow and ice control plan, along with the latest updates on the weather response, can be found at LexingtonKY.gov/SnowUpdates.