All roads crews with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet have halted spreading salt and instead are focusing are on just plowing the roads. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the depth of snow will hold moisture and freeze overnight if they continue to spread salt.
Crews have also been authorized to work 16 hour shifts for the duration of the snow. Crews with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet are busy plowing and salting roads, according to a report issued by spokesperson Keith Todd. In his report, Todd says that light snow flurries that started drifting across the region around midnight have turned into a steady snowfall. The snowfall quickly turned from a dusting to about an inch since 4:00 a.m. in my locations.
The National Weather Service says parts of the Local 6 region can expect 8 to 12 inches of snow between now and about 4:00 p.m. on Monday. Snowfall rates of about an hour an inch will very throughout the day.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet wants to remind everyone that if you have to be on the roads today to remember that the high rate of snowfall will make it difficult for crews to keep the roads clear. State trucks and contractors will be running all day in an attempt to get as many highways clear as they can before extremely cold temperatures settle in.
Todd says that snow and ice-fighting chemicals do not work as well below 18 degrees, and adds that all drivers should prepare to move slowly and carefully.
You can read Keith Todd's entire report below.
District 1 Paducah Time: 4:00 A.M., CST Weather: Light snow Air Temperature: 19 Road Temperature: 22
Comments: Light to moderate snow with bands of heavier snow at some locations, all 12 counties treating and plowing.
District 2 Madisonville Time: 3:40 A.M., CST Weather: Snowing Air Temperature: 20 Road Temperature: 24
Comments: In about the last hour Snow has arrived over most of District 2 and is quickly accumulating. Counties are reporting roads are already covered within a short amount of time. Crews are plowing and salting.