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KYTC crews spread salt to prepare for dropping temperatures

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Though there was little to no snow accumulation as of 5 p.m. Monday, transportation officials said crews were on patrol to prepare roads in north eastern Kentucky.

According to officials with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 9, which includes Rowan, Bath and Fleming counties, salt trucks were out earlier in the day to spot treat state highways. Snow squalls throughout the day reduced visibility and created slick spots.

Officials said salt truck crews will remain on duty after dark since isolated snow showers are still possible and as a precaution against falling temperatures. Lows tonight are expected to drop into the mid-20s or lower.

Officials advised people to stay off the roads if possible and exercise caution if they must travel.

KYTC District 9 shared the tips below for safely traveling in winter weather.

Driver Tips This Winter Season

Safe roadways are a shared responsibility, especially during inclement weather when risks increase. Motorists, too, need to prepare for winter and remain safe by following these tips:

  • Travel only when necessary during major snow events.
  • Stock vehicles with ice scrapers, jumper cables, blankets, a flashlight, a cell phone charger, non-perishable snacks and a first aid kit should you get stranded on the road.
  • Winterize your vehicle. Check your car battery, tire pressure and brakes. Ensure your heater, defroster, headlights and windshield wipers are working properly.
  • When snow and/or ice are on roadways, drive slowly no matter what type of vehicle you drive. It takes more time and distance to stop your vehicle in poor weather, so brake early and slowly.
  • Pay attention to weather advisories and allow more time to travel for routine commutes.
  • Slow down when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges or shaded areas. These are all candidates for developing black ice – a thin coating of hard-to-see clear ice that can form on the pavement surface.
  • Maintain a safe distance from snowplows and other heavy highway equipment, and do not pass snowplows on the shoulder.
  • Know before you go. Download the free WAZE app or visit ky.gov to check traffic conditions before you travel. The map also offers access to select traffic cameras on interstates and parkways.
  • Buckle up! Phone down! Eliminate distractions while driving.