City crews respond to snow and ice

Around an inch of dry snow fell in the early morning. Crews from the Divisions of Streets & Roads and Water Quality reported at 2:30 a.m. this morning and starting enacting the snow plan. All Rank 1, 2 and 3 roads have been treated. Crews will continue to work throughout the remainder of the day and through the evening.

Between midnight and 10 a.m. Wednesday, Lexington Police were dispatched to 2 injury collisions, 51 non-injury wrecks and 13 motorist assists. Police remind motorists to use extra caution while driving and allow for extra space between you and other vehicles to avoid collisions. In addition, since Fayette County Public Schools was closed today due to the extreme weather, drivers should be prepared for a higher than normal volume of pedestrians.

Temperatures are expected to remain well below freezing through Thursday. Temperatures are predicted to decline by evening. Motorists should remember that black ice can form on previously treated roadways, and exercise patience and caution during their evening commute. Bridges, ramps and overpasses typically freeze before surface level roadways.

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 intersection in real time through the city’s traffic cameras at LexingtonKY.gov/Traffic.

Slick spots and other concerns can be reported by calling 3-1-1, using the free LexCall app for Android or iPhone or visiting LexingtonKY.gov/LexCall. Officials remind citizens to call 911 for all traffic and other emergencies.

Residents are advised to stay indoors. If you do go out, dress in layers and limit your outdoor time.

The extreme temperatures are also dangerous to pets. Owners are advised to limit their exposure to the outdoors as well.

Remember to keep pets, young children and anything that can burn 3 feet away from heating sources such as furnaces, fireplaces or portable space heaters.

The Office of Homelessness Prevention & Intervention Emergency Weather Plan remains in effect. 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.

The snow and ice control plan, along with the latest updates on the weather response, can be found at LexingtonKY.gov/SnowUpdates.

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