Frigid temps and slick roads bring closings and delays

Stay safe in winter storms if you’re on the road or at home

Get through snow and ice with these helpful tips and trivia.
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Get through snow and ice with these helpful tips and trivia.

In a matter of hours Saturday night the weather went from mild and rainy to frozen and snowy, greeting Kentuckians Sunday morning with a blanket of snow and icy roads.

The temperature has dipped into high teens and lower 20’s for much of Central Kentucky, and the sudden temperature drop coupled with snowfall overnight produced slick driving conditions.

Lexington officials urged people to stay off the roads Sunday morning and said to use “extreme caution if they do go out.” Between 11 p.m. Saturday and about 3:20 p.m. Monday, Lexington police had responded to two car crash that involved injuries, 31 car crashes that didn’t involve injuries and had to help 14 people stuck in the snow and ice, according to the city.

The storm didn’t dump too much snow on Central Kentucky. In Fayette County Sunday morning Fayette county had about 1.25 inches on the ground, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. The highest total was reported in Anderson County, where they saw 2.25 inches. Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Garrard, Jessamine, Mercer Montgomery and Woodford all reported between one and two inches.

The sun came out later Sunday, allowing for some play for those who could stand the cold.

The forecast from the National Weather Service calls for continued cold with a slight chance of snow then mostly sunny for Sunday.

Monday will be frigid with wind chills in the single digits.

For complete weather information and updates, see Chris Bailey’s Kentucky Weather blog.

The Humane Society of Missouri offered tips for keeping your pets warm and safe during winter cold weather conditions in Southern Illinois. Another storm is expected this weekend.