Kentucky highway snow, ice and flooding report

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews across District 1 spent the night salting highways as waves of snow, sleet and freezing rain rolled across the region.

Salt helped to keep roadways slushy and for the most part avoid glazing due to freezing rain.

As temperatures have been rising, some crews have had to transition to attacking flooding issues.  Windrows of snow from Monday’s near-record snowfall are holding water on road surfaces, creating still another hazard.  Where possible, personnel have been shoveling cuts through snow in low spots and clearing drains to allow water an escape route and get it off the roadway.  They have also placed Water Over Road signs as appropriate.

Almost all counties have reported some flooding of roadways where water is trapped between the accumulated snow.  A number of more significant areas are along the I-24 Downtown Business Loop/Wayne Sullivan Drive on Paducah’s Southside, Park Avenue at 9th Street in Paducah, as well as US 45/Lone Oak Road and US 62/Jackson Street in Paducah. 

Roadways in these areas were reported as open and passable.  However, as rain continues across the region that is subject to change and additional flooding is expected due to the snow-clogged drainage system.

While roadways are slushy and passable, the additional threat from flooding creates extremely hazardous driving conditions.  Motorists are asked to avoid unnecessary travel.

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