In anticipation of freezing precipitation early Monday morning, Lexington’s Division of Streets & Roads and Water Quality will be pre-treating roads beginning at midnight tonight.
Due to the forecast of a wintery mix, city officials are also encouraging morning commuters to use extreme caution when driving. Road conditions could be hazardous due to icy, slick roads –especially in neighborhoods. Motorists are reminded to slow down, increase their following distance and allow for extra time to reach their destinations.
The Office of Homelessness Prevention & Intervention Weather Plan activation also continues to remain in effect through Jan. 9.
Anyone wishing to report someone who may need a ride to shelter can call or text the Catholic Action Center’s Compassionate Caravan at (859) 913-0038 from 5 – 11 p.m. Messages are received and followed up on, but not always returned.
Kentucky Highways Department District 7 crews will report at 12 a.m. (midnight) to begin patrolling and treating routes as necessary. Contractors will also arrive to assist with state routes. Contractor trucks supplement the highway maintenance crews.
The District 7 Office has been monitoring the weather closely. The latest prediction indicates that a wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain are all possible. The ground remains cold and provides for the freezing of moisture.
Please visit the following link for information about snow removal efforts: http://snowky.ky.gov
To access maps of snow removal priority routes please visit: https://transportation.ky.gov/Maintenance/Pages/Snow-and-Ice-Priority-Maps.aspx
Priority A routes include major routes and those most heavily traveled such as interstates, which receive the highest priority for snow-clearing efforts. Priority B and C routes include other important, but lesser-traveled state routes.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggests the following winter driving tips preventative measures:
- Get your car serviced
- Check your battery
- Check your cooling system
- Fill your washer reservoir
- Check your windshield wipers and defrosters
- Know your car/every vehicle handles differently
- Plan your travel and route/plan ahead
- Stock your vehicle/emergency supplies
- Learn what to do in a winter emergency
For more information go to NHTSA by accessing: http://www.nhtsa.gov/
District 7 includes Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Fayette, Garrard, Jessamine, Madison, Mercer, Montgomery, Scott and Woodford Counties
Source: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet