Precipitation this evening will likely end with a brief period of snow. A dusting to a half inch of accumulation is possible, with the best chances for accumulating snow in the Bluegrass region.
In addition, water that remains on roadways as temperatures drop will freeze, resulting in slick spots for the Thursday morning commute. Motorists should exercise caution late tonight and Thursday morning.
Crews from the Divisions of Streets & Roads and Water Quality will work overnight in anticipation of Lexington receiving up to an inch of snow. Supervisors and crew members will come on duty at 10 p.m. and will work until relieved by the day crew Thursday morning. Additional crew members will be called in if needed.
“This event will be preceded by rain, so pretreating is not an option,” says Rob Allen, Streets & Roads Director. “Hopefully precipitation amounts will remain in the inconvenience category and will have little impact upon travel.”
Allen says salt and chemical supplies remain good and that the salt used last weekend is being replaced this week. He also said equipment and staff are in good shape and have no critical areas of concern.
Public safety officials recommend that you:
- Make sure your vehicle is sufficiently winterized – check the battery, antifreeze level, heater, defroster, wipers and windshield washer.
- Dress warmly for the weather – in layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing, in anticipation of unexpected emergencies.
- Try to keep your gas tank at least two-thirds full to prevent fuel line freezing and in preparation for possible lengthy delays on the roadway.
- Make sure your vehicle has an emergency care kit. It should include jumper cables, flares or reflectors, windshield washer fluid, an ice scraper, blankets, nonperishable food, a first aid kit, and traction material.
- Give a wide berth to snow removal equipment.
- Leave plenty of distance between yourself and the vehicle ahead.
- Steer into the skid. Stay calm and ease your foot off the gas while carefully steering in the direction you want the front of your vehicle to go.
The Office of Homelessness Prevention & Intervention Emergency Weather Plan remains in effect until further notice. LexTran is providing free rides to shelters. To report someone in need, call the HopeMobile at 859-252-7881 or the Compassionate Caravan at 859-255-0301.
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 intersection in real time through the city’s traffic cameras at lexingtonky.gov/traffic.
Kentucky Transportation District 7 crews and contractors will report at 2 a.m. on Thursday for the 12 counties in the district. Personnel will mobilize to treat roadways as necessary for the morning commute. Contractors supplement state forces by assisting with interstates and parkways.
The forecast shows a narrow band of snow and mixed precipitation moving toward Central KY. The counties located in the western portion of the district will likely be affected first — with snow then moving through and tapering off by dawn.
Each winter event presents different challenges. The 12 counties in District 7 are evaluated individually for treatment. Air temperature, pavement temperature and the timing of precipitation are always taken into consideration.