In icy weather, walk like a penguin
After snow snarled traffic and closed schools Thursday, temperatures below freezing were expected Friday and through the weekend.
Fayette County public schools were closed Friday along with many others, officials announced.
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray was among the officials and agencies reminding drivers to remain cautious Friday morning, particularly on smaller streets and roads. Gray said Lexington’s crews were working on neighborhood streets.
Friday was forecast to bring a high of about 20 degrees and windchill around 5, according to the National Weather Service. Friday night’s low will be about 6, with windchill as low as minus-1, the weather service said.
Saturday and Sunday are expected to be sunny, with highs in the low 20s and lows of about 10 Saturday night and 13 Sunday night.
By Monday, look for highs back in the upper 30s, according to the weather service. Highs were expected in the upper 40s, with showers likely, on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The freeze follows the first snowfall of the winter. Soon after flakes started coming down Thursday morning, slick conditions led to crash after crash on streets and interstates.
As of about 9:15 p.m., Lexington police had responded to 100 crashes without injuries, 10 injury collisions and 53 motorist assists.
The state Transportation Cabinet and area sheriff’s departments reported wrecks across the state.
One man was killed when his pickup truck slid off a road in Breathitt County on Thursday morning. Coroner George Griffith said the man’s truck hit a fence. The road was slick at the time, Griffith said. The sheriff’s office identified the man as Daniel Noble.
Lexington schools dismissed students one hour early Thursday, and other school districts in Central and Eastern Kentucky called off classes before students left home.
Volunteers encouraged Lexington’s homeless people to seek shelter. Anyone who wishes to report someone who might need shelter or a ride to a shelter may call or text the Catholic Action Center’s Cold Line at 859-913-0038.