KYTC crews treating roads for winter weather

(KBSI) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 1 Snow and Ice Team is carefully monitoring a winter event expected to arrive mid to late afternoon Monday.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory from 3 p.m. Monday through 9 a.m. Tuesday.

A wintry mix of sleet and snow is expected to move across the region with up to 2/10ths of an inch of ice accumulation.

The ice could impact travel.

From the National Weather Service Paducah:

  • Impacts from freezing rain are expected Monday evening into Tuesday morning, mainly across the Missouri Bootheel through the southern KY Purchase and KY Pennyrle regions.
  • Precipitation will start off as a brief sleet/snow mix mainly across portions of southeast Missouri, southwest Illinois and far western Kentucky Monday evening.
  • Ice accumulations have increased across the southern portions of west Kentuckys. Up to 0.2 inches of iceing is now forecast in those areas.
  • The primary impact will still be to travel. At this time, the expected freezing rain amounts are unlikely to cause power outages, except for southern portions of west Kentucky where isolated power outages will be possible.

KYTC District 1 Crews plan to pre-treat highways starting Monday morning.

The storm timeline will not allow all roadways to be treated.

Crews will mainly concentrate on “A” Snow Priority Routes which include interstates, parkways, and other 4-lane highways, as well as some 2-lane U.S. Highways.

An effort will be made to pre-treat bridges and overpasses on “B” and “C” Snow Priority Routes if time allows, according to the KYTC.

Drivers should be alert for slow moving tanker trucks spraying brine on roadways. The District 1 Supertanker will be on Interstate 24 and Interstate 69. While it moves at regular traffic speed, drivers are asked to use appropriate caution.

Some KYTC District 1 personnel will be sent home Monday morning with plans to return as needed during the late afternoon hours. This will make a maximum number of trucks available to spread salt as the winter mix moves through during the evening and overnight.

KYTC engineers urge travelers to evaluate their plans for Monday night and Tuesday morning to avoid unnecessary travel.

As it accumulates, freezing rain and sleet will likely reduce the effectiveness of salt and other ice-fighting chemicals.

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