Second wave of wintry weather moving into Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Kentucky – A second wave of wintry weather with the possibility of ice accumulation and slick roads is moving to Kentucky.

The National Weather Service this afternoon issued a winter weather advisory for approximately the southern two-thirds of Kentucky, west to east from the Mississippi River to the Big Sandy.

Forecasters said to expect light freezing rain and drizzle with light snowfall tonight through early Wednesday. Snow accumulation is expected to be less than 1 inch but could be coupled with a layer of ice.

“Freezing rain means dangerous driving conditions,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “A piece of wet road can suddenly become iced over. If you must travel, slow down, give yourself more time and exercise extra caution. Also remember that bridges and overpasses freeze over faster than roads.”

Crews from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and contractors are plowing treated and salted roads in the affected counties yesterday and today.

“Our crews and contractors are closely monitoring the weather and will do whatever it takes to keep the roads clear and passable,” said KYTC Secretary Jim Gray. “But in sub-freezing temperatures, ice sticks, which can make roads slippery. If you see ploughs, give them plenty of room on the road to work.”

While slight accumulations of ice are expected, limiting the impact of widespread power outages and downed trees, motorists are reminded to treat all dark lights at intersections as four-way stops. Crews are equipped with chainsaws to clear streets of fallen trees caused by ice.

Visit for links to the district’s social media accounts, driver tips and information on priority snow routes. Our GoKY map offers real-time traffic conditions and live traffic cameras. Automated crash notifications are available via Twitter @KYTCGoKY.

Driver Tips

Motorists are encouraged to prepare and stay safe by following these tips:

  • Change your travel plans to avoid driving during high season.
  • Drive with a full tank of fuel and pack an emergency car kit that includes essentials like blankets, ice scrapers, jumper wires, blankets, a flashlight, cell phone charger, non-perishable snacks, and a first aid kit in case you get stuck on the road .
  • Winterize your vehicle. Check your car battery, tire pressure and tread, and brakes. Make sure the heater, defroster, headlights, and wipers are working properly.
  • When there is snow and/or ice on roadways, drive slowly, no matter what type of vehicle you are driving. Stopping your vehicle in inclement weather takes longer and takes longer, so brake early and slowly.
  • Pay attention to weather alerts and allow more time for routine trips. Expect delays.
  • Slow down when approaching intersections, exit ramps, bridges, or shaded areas. All of these are candidates for the development of “black ice” – a thin layer of clear ice that can form on the road surface and can be difficult to see.
  • Maintain a safe distance from snow plows and other heavy road equipment, and do not overtake snow plows on the hard shoulder.
  • Eliminate distractions while driving, such as B. making phone calls and/or eating.

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