FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX 56) — Kentucky’s governor announced the state’s plans to handle Tuesday’s winter weather advisory.
The forecast includes a wintry mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain that could impact roads overnight Monday.
“Tonight we’re expecting a wintry mix across most of Kentucky with the prospect for more precipitation to fall throughout the week,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “Our state roadway crews will be doing their part to keep roads passable and safe, but ice always poses a unique challenge to travel. Slick roads are likely, especially on bridges and overpasses that freeze faster than roadways. Please do your part to be safe by slowing down, giving yourself more time to get to your destination, and drive alert.”
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The transportation cabinet said crews are on alert and ready to begin brine roads.
“Our crews and contractors are closely monitoring weather forecasts and responding to the threats this round of weather will bring,” said Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Secretary Jim Gray. “While we’re not bracing for a lot of snow or ice, cold temps will make ice stick around which can cause slippery roads. If you see plows out, give them plenty of room on the road to work.”
The cabinet wanted to remind drivers that dark traffic signals should be treated as a four-way stop, in the event of any power outages.
Visit SnowKY.ky.gov for links to district social media accounts, driver tips, and snow priority route information. The GoKY map offers real-time traffic conditions and live traffic cameras, FOX 56 also offers a full traffic map. Automated crash notifications are available via Twitter @KYTCGoKY.
Driver tips to stay safe from the transportation cabinet
- Alter travel plans to avoid driving during the peak of weather activity.
- Drive with a full tank of gas and pack an emergency car kit that contains essential items like blankets, ice scrapers, jumper cables, blankets, a flashlight, a cellphone charger, nonperishable snacks and a first aid kit should you get stranded on the road.
- Winterize your vehicle. Check your car battery, tire pressure and tread, and brakes. Ensure your heater, defroster, headlights and windshield wipers are working properly.
- When snow and/or ice are on roadways, drive slowly no matter what type of vehicle you drive. It takes more time and distance to stop your vehicle in poor weather, so brake early and slowly.
- Pay attention to weather advisories and allow more time to travel for routine commutes. Expect delays.
- Slow down when approaching intersections, offramps, bridges or shaded areas. These are all candidates for developing “black ice” — a thin coating of clear ice that can form on the pavement surface that may be difficult to see.
- Maintain a safe distance from snowplows and other heavy highway equipment, and do not pass snowplows on the shoulder.
- Eliminate distractions while driving, such as using a phone and or eating.