KY snow 300KENTUCKY (1/3/14) - Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Crews are gearing up to pre-treat area highways in advance of an approaching winter weather system that is expected to hit the region starting early Sunday morning.

As temperatures warm up above about 20 degrees today and Saturday, trucks will be out on the road spraying brine. The brine dries to a fine powder where it remains on the road surface to be activated by falling precipitation. This helps improve safety in the early hours of a snow/ice event and keeps accumulating snow from bonding to the pavement surface, allowing to be more easily plowed off the roadway later in the event.

Through the day today and Saturday motorists should be alert for spray trucks and support vehicles out treating area highways. Crews normally treat "C" Snow & Ice Routes (rural secondary highways) first, then progress to "B" (connector highways) followed by "A" routes (U.S. highways-parkways-Interstates).

The current forecast indicates a winter storm beginning early Sunday followed by extremely cold temperatures next week. The forecast indicates up to 4 inches of snow or more across parts of the region. Motorists are urged to monitor area media outlets to keep up to date on changes in the forecast, accumulation amounts, and storm timeline.

Sunday night temperatures are expected to drop to single digits and below, with the high on Monday around 5 degrees.

KYTC crews will work through the day on Sunday in an effort to clear roads before the extreme cold hits Sunday night.

Once the temperatures drop Sunday Night, temperatures are not expected to rise into the 20s until about Wednesday. . The impact of salt and other ice-fighting chemicals is greatly diminished below 18 degrees Fahrenheit. That means highway crews will be limited in their ability to improve driving conditions during this period.

Motorists are advised to be prepared to encounter hazardous driving conditions and extreme cold through this period.

Roadway information for Kentucky and links to surrounding states can be found at www.511.ky.gov.

SurfKY News
Information provided by Keith Todd

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

Happenings and Meetings - Hopkins County

HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (4/25/15) ― The following meetings and events are scheduled for the following week: Camper… Read More

'Howl at the Moon' Dueling Pianos Coming to CCC

PADUCAH, Ky. (4/24/15) – Leadership Paducah Class #28 has announced that it is bringing one of the most dynamic… Read More
1 DOW 18,080.14
+21.45 (0.12%)    
2 S&P 2,117.69
+4.76 (0.23%)    
3 NASDAQ 5,092.08
+36.02 (0.71%)    

Most Read This Week

April 17, 2015 11729

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 23, 2015 7370

Man Charged with Sodomy, Incest/Victim under 12

by SurfKY News
April 18, 2015 5745

Man Charged with Attempting to Coerce Minor for…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 20, 2015 4843

Nortonville Woman Charged with Meth Possession at…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 22, 2015 3985

Crime Stoppers Fugitive of the Week – April 22,…

by Hopkinsville – Christian County Crime Stoppers

Most Read This Month

April 17, 2015 11729

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 02, 2015 8787

UPDATE: Madisonville Man Injured in Head-on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

April 24, 2015 3910

UPDATE: Police Can't Substantiate Injured Man…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
April 24, 2015 845

Career Fair Provides Students Information about…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 24, 2015 832

Hopkins District Court Fines Handed Down

by Karen McKnight
April 24, 2015 826

Baptist Health Holds ‘Walk in the Park’ as Part…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 24, 2015 824

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News
April 25, 2015 813

Above and Beyond: Wade Simons

by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
April 24, 2015 801

Elementary Girls in Good GRACES with Unique…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 23, 2015 801

Regional Eighth Grade Math Contest Held

by Joyce Riggs
April 24, 2015 775

Probation and Parole Violators - April 24, 2015

by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
April 24, 2015 697

Muhlenberg District Court Fines Handed Down

by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News