Weather Service issues freezing rain, snowfall alert

(Filed December 28, 2012) Kentucky’s Transportation Cabinet has advised motorist in Western Kentucky to prepare for another round of winter weather.  The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for much of Western Kentucky, mainly north of a line running along Interstate 69 and the Western Kentucky Parkway.  Additional parts of the region are under a Special Weather Statement for the possibility of winter precipitation.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews in District 1, which includes all of far western Kentucky, are spending the day prepping for a chance of freezing rain, sleet, and snow that is expected to arrive in the Paducah area as light rain during the afternoon commute.  It is expected to transition into frozen precipitation during the late afternoon and evening hours.

Snow-fighting efforts during the Christmas night blizzard left a fine powder of salt on area highways.  Some crews may pre-treat bridges in the area through the day today as a precaution.  Motorists should be alert for slow moving trucks near long-span bridges.

The KYTC District 1 Snow Team will be monitoring the winter precipitation as it develops tonight.  Supervisors will start patrolling and watching road conditions as it starts to spread over the region.  Crews are on alert and will be called in as appropriate.

At this time, light freezing rain and sleet are expected to develop starting about 4:00 p.m. in the general Paducah area with snow to follow after about 6:00 p.m.  Accumulations in the 1 to 3 inch range are possible overnight.

Motorists are reminded to buckle up, slow down, and carefully monitor the local weather forecast via area news media.  Anyone who plans to travel should be aware that road surface conditions can change very quickly as snow starts to fall.

KYTC Highway District 1 includes Kentucky’s 12 westernmost counties.