Crews in Franklin County say they’ve been watching Friday’s storm and are ready for a long night as wet roads quickly turned to slick roads.
“About 3:00 this afternoon, once the weather changed over we’ve been responding to several crashes all over the county,” said Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton.
As the first major snow storm of the season hits the Bluegrass, crews are reminding drivers to stay safe.
“People are always a little shy, they forget their habits,” said Melton. “Always slow down if you start to slide, let off the gas do not hit your brakes.”
Crews at the Kentucky Emergency Management Center were monitoring the storm and say they’re ready.
“Whatever Mother Nature sends our way, be it floods or snow or ice we’re ready to respond, meet the needs of the people of the Commonwealth and assist local governments with their response,” said Charles O’Neal, Deputy Director of Operations for Kentucky Emergency Management.
They say drivers should slow down.
“If you’ve got to be out, slow down, take your time, plan ahead and if you see blue lights or orange lights, slow down and let them do what they need to do,” said Melton.
As rain changes to ice and snow starts to fall on top of the ice, Melton also reminds drivers to be patient.
“It’s going to take a while for the salt and the chemicals, calcium chloride, to work,” said Melton. “They’re out there hitting it hard, it just takes time.”
Melton says he will have extra officers out Saturday night and again Sunday morning to help with church traffic as weather gets bad again.
State road crews will be out all night Friday into Saturday salting roads as needed. After this storm passes, they will reevaluate and start preparing for Sunday’s storm.