UPDATE - 10:30 a.m.
KY Highway Crews Pre-Treating Roadways
PADUCAH - Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews are out pre-treating area highways today in anticipation of snow in the forecast for tonight and Tuesday. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for all of Western Kentucky.
Predicted accumulations range from 2 to 6 inches across the region with heavier accumulations expected in Kentucky’s Ohio River border counties. The heaviest snowfall is anticipated between 6:00 p.m. tonight and 6:00 a.m. Tuesday.
Crews in Highway District One pre-treated some “B” and “C” Snow Priority Routes on Sunday. Crews will be out today primarily pre-treating “A” Snow Priority Routes. Some pre-treating efforts may continue as late as 7:00 p.m. this evening, or until snow starts to fall. Highway crews will then quickly transition to spreading salt and plowing as snow starts to accumulate. Motorists should be alert for slow moving trucks and escort vehicles involved in the pre-treating process and snow response along area highways through the day to day..
Pre-treating roadways with salt brine cost-effective way to prepare road surfaces for winter weather. It leaves a fine powder of salt on pavement surfaces that helps melt snow and ice in the early hours of winter precipitation, then keeps snow from bonding to the road surface to make it easier to push off the surface once show accumulates enough to require plowing.
KYTC Highway District One headquartered in Paducah includes Kentucky's 12 westernmost counties. District One is responsible for 2800 miles of highway, the equivalent of a one-way trip from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles, CA. Highway crews may travel all highways in the district a half-dozen times or more during the course of a single winter weather event.