Falling temperatures making road conditions worse


Reporter - Elizabeth Fields
Photographer - Mason Watkins

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky.  - Cold temperatures are not helping crews who are still trying to clear the roads. Both county and state crews have called it a night because dropping temperatures are causing refreezing, and there isn't much they can do about it. Some are saying tomorrow might actually be worse.

All day drivers have spun their wheels and tried to carefully navigate their way to their destinations. Some made it slow and steady, but others ended up stuck. By the time the sun went down, others worked up the nerve to get out.

"It took 20 minutes to get out of the drive way and Lone Oak road is bad. All the roads are bad," April Byars said.

McCracken County Road Supervisor Perry mason says they did the best they could, but even with pretreatment, the ice isn't budging.

"It's sweating just a little bit, but not a whole lot, so it did help and when the temperatures get up a little bit more, it will help a lot more, " Mason said.

The problem is, temperatures are not going up, they are going down, and drivers are making it worse.

His crews will be back out tomorrow morning, and it a perfect world, they would have few drivers out as well. At the very least, there are two drivers who say they learned their lesson.

"Tonight? Stay home. Don't do it. I don't know if I should have done it, you know? I should have waited until tomorrow," Henry Willis said.

Crews are recommending drivers stay off of roads if they are able.