Lexington, state road crews ready for long haul of weather

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – City officials are monitoring the weather situation and are preparing for the possibilities of ice and snow during the next two days.

The National Weather Service has issued an ice storm warning for central Kentucky that begins at 1 a.m. Wednesday and remains in effect until 7 p.m. Thursday for Lexington.

It covers different time periods for other parts of the state.

Residents are encouraged to limit travel once the storm arrives. Road conditions are expected to be extremely hazardous Wednesday. Motorists should use extreme caution if driving is necessary, as the storm is expected to result in slick road conditions and reduced visibility.

City crews will remain on duty throughout the snow/ice event and will treat streets per the city’s snow plan. The city received 3,000 pounds of rock salt today and is well stocked in brine to treat roads.

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.

The Office of Homelessness Prevention & Intervention Community Emergency Winter Weather Plan remains in effect through Friday morning, Feb. 12.

Anyone needing assistance can dial 2-1-1 or log onto uwbg211.org  for locations of shelters and other resources in Lexington and surrounding counties.

State officials say salt truck and snow plow crews in northeast Kentucky are ready to roll as an approaching winter storm threatens the region with freezing rain, snow and ice.

In Kentucky Department of Highways District 9, crews spent the day sharpening chainsaws, putting chains on trucks, loading salt, and preparing for an extended winter weather response.

By midnight tonight, all crews will be stationed at facilities in Bath, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas, and Rowan counties ready to respond, and will remain on road clearing duty around the clock until the winter weather threat has passed.

The National Weather Service expects a wintry mix to move into the region overnight, with freezing rain, sleet, and snow at multiple times Wednesday and Thursday. From 1 to 3 inches of snow and significant ice accumulations are possible.

Damage to trees and power lines is likely – a condition that poses its own dangers to highway crews and can delay road clearing efforts. The potential for single-digit cold temperatures by the weekend could impact the effectiveness of road salt, which works best when temperatures are above freezing. Motorists are strongly advised to avoid any unnecessary travel over the next several days.

During the storm, Kentucky Department of Highways crews will work 12-hour shifts, focusing on keeping high-priority state routes, such as interstates and parkways, passable. Crews then concentrate on heavily traveled state routes before turning to lower-volume routes. With the expected ice and arctic temperatures, Kentuckians should be prepared for several days of snow-covered roads.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has established a snow emergency plan to deploy resources within each county, as needed, to cover routes based on priorities such as high traffic volume and connectivity to hospitals and other critical services. Snow priority maps for each county can be viewed online at http://SnowKY.ky.gov.

For real-time traffic information, to view traffic cams, or to keep up with state snowfighters in your county, visit http://GoKY.ky.gov. Follow District 9 updates on Twitter and Facebook at http://twitter.com/KYTCDistrict9 or http://facebook.com/KYTCDistrict9.

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