Lexington Mayor declares snow emergency

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton has declared a Stage One Snow Emergency. It’s effective 6 P.M. on Monday.

The Stage One Snow Emergency requires motorists to move vehicles parked on designated snow emergency routes. The affected roadways are marked with “Snow Emergency Route” street signs.

According to the city, if vehicles are not moved by 6 P.M. Monday, they may be towed. Since 5 A.M. Monday and through the snow emergency, the city says city garages downtown will be open for free parking.

“Snow has started to accumulate on our roads, and more snow is expected,” Gorton said. “We need to be able to plow snow routes, and that requires that parked vehicles be moved.”

The city says its Emergency Operations Center opened at 4 A.M. to coordinate the response to the weather.

Lexington is expecting a lot of tree debris. City crews will first clear streets, then sidewalks of limbs. Residents can stack debris from their yards between the sidewalk and the curb, but it will not be cleared immediately.

The city has also opened warming shelters. They will be will open at 9 A.M. Monday at Dunbar Center, 545 N. Upper Street, and at the Senior Center, located behind Southland Christian Church on Richmond Road. Shelters will close at 7 P.M.

The snow emergency order remains in effect until it is lifted by the Mayor.

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