Freezing rain, wintry mix to hit Central Kentucky. Here’s a look at the forecast, timeline
Central Kentucky is bracing for another round of winter weather, and it could affect your commute Tuesday morning.
The National Weather Service Louisville issued a winter weather advisory Monday warning commuters to plan on slippery road conditions and to exercise caution while traveling.
Here’s what to know and to stay safe on the roads Tuesday.
What to expect if you must commute Tuesday around Central Kentucky
Starting Monday night, expect a wintry mix of rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow, with up to half an inch possible along and north of Kentucky’s parkways.
Additionally, minor accumulations of freezing rain are also possible, mainly between the Western Kentucky Parkway and Cumberland Parkway, the NWS warns.
In its detailed forecast, the NWS said to expect rain, snow and freezing rain before 1 a.m. Tuesday, followed by freezing rain mixed with snow in the early morning hours. The low will be 26 degrees Fahrenheit, with a 90% chance of precipitation.
Snow, freezing rain and sleet are all possible before 10 a.m. Tuesday, followed by a slight chance of freezing rain afterward. The high will be 31 degrees, with the chance of precipitation at 40%.
“This could cause walkways and roadways to become slippery,” the NWS advised. “The morning commute to work Tuesday could be problematic.”
There’s more to come Tuesday night: A chance of freezing rain is possible again before 10 p.m., followed by more freezing rain between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. Wednesday. The chance of precipitation is 30%, with a low of 25 degrees.
Late Monday afternoon, the city of Lexington warned about the threat of slick roads, mainly black ice.
The city said in an email it will be deploying crews to treat roads Monday evening. Efforts extend to bridges, hills and priority-ranked roads.
“Motorists should always be aware of road conditions and how weather changes can affect road surfaces. For example, bridges, overpasses, sidewalks and parking lots will freeze before the roadway. And with any winter weather event, motorists are reminded to drive slowly and increase following distance,” a city memo from Lexington information officer Stacey Dimon said.
Lexington also activated its Emergency Winter Weather Plan, which will remain in effect until Wednesday morning. It includes expanded shelter services and free transport.
To check Kentucky road conditions, visit goky.ky.gov.
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