City of Lexington road crews are busy preparing for a winter storm that is expected to move into the region Friday night. Workers from the city’s Division of Streets & Roads will begin spreading brine on major thoroughfares early this afternoon and will continue working through the evening.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for central Kentucky beginning 10 p.m. Friday until 11 a.m. Saturday. Snow accumulations of two to four inches are expected.
Motorists should exercise extreme caution if driving is necessary, as the storm is expected to result in snow-covered roads and reduced visibility.
Residents can get information on accidents, lane blockages, snow-and-ice trouble spots and road closures through the city’s Twitter accounts (@lexwrecks and @lexkypolice). They can also view traffic at major intersections in real time through the city’s traffic cameras at lexingtonky.gov/traffic.
The Office of Homelessness Prevention & Intervention Emergency Weather Plan remains in effect through Monday, January 14. LexTran is providing free rides to shelters. Anyone who wishes to report someone who may need a ride to a shelter can call the HopeMobile van at (859) 252-7881. Referrals are accepted Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Residents may also call the Compassionate Caravan at (859) 913-0038 during activation periods and leave a message. (Note: Messages will not be returned to this number.) If you wish to speak with someone with the Compassionate Caravan, call (859) 255-0301.
Anyone needing assistance can dial 2-1-1, text their zip code to 898211 or log onto www.uwbg211.org for locations of shelters and other resources in Lexington and surrounding counties.
Photo: Ernie Clark, an Operations Supervisor with Streets and Roads, works on a salt spreader Friday morning in preparation for anticipated snow tonight. City crews began spreading brine Friday afternoon.