Beshear warns Kentuckians of travel dangers during winter storm

Frankfort, Kentucky (KFVS) – With freezing temperatures and rain expected in Kentucky tomorrow, Dec. 23, Governor Andy Beshear and Kentucky Department of Transportation officials are urging travelers to create a slippery surface and Reminds you of dangerous road conditions that can limit visibility and cause traffic delays. Highway crews are on alert and ready to deploy and respond as needed throughout the holiday weekend.

Travelers are advised to prepare emergency vehicle kits, monitor the forecast, consider alternative travel plans and limit travel beyond tomorrow.

Governor Andy Beshear said the greatest danger is extreme cold, with negative double-digit wind chills due to high winds and a sudden drop in temperature. , enforced a price hike ban, and took other emergency measures designed to save Kentuckians’ lives.

Dry, powdery snow blown by 45 mph gusts can cause whiteout conditions that dramatically reduce visibility. A sudden drop in temperature that could freeze wet spots on the track could make the track slicker tonight through Friday morning. The KYTC crew will monitor the situation and keep the route open.

Worsening road conditions are forecast to reach western Kentucky this afternoon and move east into central and eastern Kentucky tonight, early Friday morning.

The crew plans to use a calcium chloride additive that makes the salt more effective at extreme temperatures. Bridges and overpasses freeze faster than roadways, so drivers should slow down and proceed with caution.

1,365 state-owned and contracted plow trucks are deployed throughout Kentucky. The Cabinet says he stockpiles over 300,000 tons of salt, about a million gallons of saltwater for anti-icing operations, and over a million gallons of calcium chloride. Additive to salt for deicing.

KYTC maintains most of the roads, streets and bridges that are part of the national highway system. Examples include interstates, parkways, and US routing. Route designation is based on factors such as traffic and connectivity to critical services such as hospitals.

Motorists are encouraged to follow these tips to stay prepared and safe.

  • Change your travel plans to avoid driving during peak weather activity.
  • Drive with a full tank of gas and pack an emergency vehicle kit that includes essentials such as blankets, ice scrapers, jumper cables, blankets, flashlights, cell phone chargers, non-perishable snacks, and a first aid kit in case you get stranded . road.
  • winterize your car Check your car’s battery, tire pressure and tread, and brakes. Make sure your heater, defroster, headlights and wipers are working properly.
  • If the roadway is snowy or icy, drive slowly regardless of the type of vehicle. Brake early and slowly as it takes more time and distance to stop the vehicle in bad weather.
  • Pay attention to weather updates and increase your travel time for your regular commute. Expect delays.
  • Slow down when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges, and shade. These are all candidates for developing “black ice”. A thin coating of clear ice that forms on the pavement surface and can be difficult to see.
  • Maintain a safe distance from snowplows and other heavy highway equipment and do not overtake snowplows on the shoulder.
  • Eliminate distractions while driving, such as using the phone or eating.

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