Lexington city crews respond to snow and ice, provide resources

Lexington Police want to remind drivers to be extra cautious on the roads in this weather.

Lexington, Ky. (WTVQ) – Around an inch of dry snow fell in the early morning. Crews from the Divisions of Streets & Roads and Water Quality reported at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday and starting enacting the snow plan.

All Rank 1, 2 and 3 roads have been treated. Crews will continue to work throughout the remainder of the day and through the evening.

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Between midnight and 10 a.m. Wednesday, Lexington Police were dispatched to two injury collisions, 51 non-injury wrecks and 13 motorist assists.

Police remind motorists to use extra caution while driving and allow for extra space between you and other vehicles to avoid collisions.

In addition, since Fayette County Public Schools was closed today due to the extreme weather, drivers should be prepared for a higher than normal volume of pedestrians.

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 intersection in real time through the city’s traffic cameras HERE.

Slick spots and other concerns can be reported by calling 3-1-1, using the free LexCall app for Android or iPhone or visiting HERE.

Officials remind citizens to call 911 for all traffic and other emergencies.

Residents are advised to stay indoors. If you do go out, dress in layers and limit your outdoor time.

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. until 3 p.m.

Residents may also call the Compassionate Caravan at 859-913-0038 during activation periods and leave a message. 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 click HERE 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 HERE.


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Erica joins the ABC 36 family as a Co-Anchor of Good Morning Kentucky weekday mornings from 5am-7am with Cody Adams and Good Day Kentucky weekday mornings from 9am to 10am. Erica also anchors News at Midday from 12-12:30pm. She is also a Web and Social Media Content Producer. Erica graduated in three and a half years from Michigan State University with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism and specialization in Women, Gender and Social Justice. Although she hails from Michigan, Erica has worked as a News Reporter/Sports Anchor for the CBS-affiliate in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Prior to that, she worked for a PBS-affiliate there covering all types of news – even providing live reports for The Weather Channel during her first hurricane. She then moved to Lake Charles, Louisiana and worked as the Weekend Anchor/Reporter at KPLC, the NBC/FOX/CW affiliate. Erica comes to Lexington from the Huntington area where she worked at WSAZ, an NBC/CW affiliate in West Virginia, as a weekday evening anchor covering the tri states of Ohio and Kentucky as well. In addition to her background on TV, Erica has worked in radio, served as the PA announcer for the Class A "Lansing Lugnuts" and hosted Carnival parades in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Some of her favorite hobbies include running, reading, hiking, spending time with her husband and taking pictures of their furbabies. Erica is big on community involvement, having served as a board member for Dress for Success, volunteered as a Big with Big Brothers Big Sisters, worked on the Mayor's Armed Forces Commission in Lake Charles and hosted countless events. She hopes you can connect with her on Facebook: EricaBivensTV and on Twitter: @ericabivens or Instagram: erica.bivens. You can also email her at ebivens@wtvq.com. Please send all event inquiries via email. Erica is excited to explore Lexington and the outdoors and - of course - meet all of you!