By Frank Lewis
Shortly before noon Friday the National Weather Service at Wilmington upgraded the winter weather advisory to a winter storm warning, saying the warning would remain in effect until 2 a.m. Saturday. According to the update, snow was expected to begin to spread into the area through early Friday afternoon.
The report said snow would increase in intensity during the mid to late afternoon, then taper off late in the evening, with additional accumulation adjusted upward to 3 to 5 inches. Wind speeds of 10 to 15 miles per hour with gusts up to 25 miles per hour were expected to accompany the snow.
Meanwhile, Kentucky State Highway crews were getting prepared for another round of snow duty Friday.
KYTC District 9 Information Officer Allen Blair said crews had been getting plows and salt trucks ready, and applying brine to roadways where possible since Thursday. The brine, or saltwater, adheres to pavement and provides snow-melting ability in the first hours of a storm, which gives road-clearing crews a head start.
Blair said crews in Greenup, Lewis, Bath, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Mason, Nicholas and Rowan counties would respond as soon as the wintry weather started, and he said they will continue working until the storm threat subsides.
Area residents can learn more about snow removal efforts by following District 9 online at http://bit.ly/D9Snow, or keep up to date using Twitter (twitter.com/KYTCDistrict9) or Facebook (facebook.com/KYTCDistrict9), and they can find out where Kentucky snow plows are working by visiting 511.ky.gov/WinterActivities.
Motorists were reminded to always slow down, buckle up and use extra caution when driving in snow or during winter weather, and to remember that bridges and overpasses typically freeze before roadways. Blair said people should be mindful of slow-moving snow plows, and maintain a safe distance of at least 500 feet between vehicles and snow-clearing equipment.
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.