Fayette County

Lexington prepares for 2 to 4 inches of snow Wednesday

Herald-Leader Staff Report

Daniel Petersen operated a track loader and Darren Lizer operated a front-end loader as they worked on a salt pile Tuesday at the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government’s salt storage center on Old Frankfort Pike. The center received 1,000 tons of road salt Tuesday.  Both men work for the Division of Streets and Roads.
Daniel Petersen operated a track loader and Darren Lizer operated a front-end loader as they worked on a salt pile Tuesday at the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government’s salt storage center on Old Frankfort Pike. The center received 1,000 tons of road salt Tuesday. Both men work for the Division of Streets and Roads. cbertram@herald-leader.com

The first round of a winter one-two punch is expected to land in Lexington on Wednesday morning.

WKYT-TV chief meteorologist Chris Bailey is projecting 2 to 4 inches of accumulated snow in the Lexington area by afternoon, with higher totals expected in the western portion of the state. Most of the snow is expected to hit between 5 a.m. and noon, according to the National Weather Service in Louisville.

The snow is expected to give way to a light freezing rain or drizzle that could create a light glaze on most surfaces, the weather surface said.

The weather service has issued a winter weather advisory for Central Kentucky and a winter storm warning for Western Kentucky until Wednesday afternoon.

The weather service said another storm system is likely to affect the area from Thursday night until Saturday; snow totals haven’t been projected. That storm is expected to begin as a wintry mix Thursday and change into all snow Friday.

State road crews spent much of Tuesday pretreating ramps, bridges and overpasses in Central Kentucky with salt brine, and crews were to report at 3 and 4 a.m. Wednesday to begin patrolling and treating roads again as needed, according to a news release.

No decisions had been made Tuesday night about whether to cancel or delay school in Fayette County on Wednesday.

In making the decision, a team of Fayette County Public Schools employees begins assessing conditions as early as 2:30 a.m., with a goal of announcing their decision by 5 a.m. In addition to canceling or delaying start times, the district has the option of dismissing early.

District leaders consult with meteorologists and representatives of the city’s streets and roads department, and take into consideration precipitation; temperature; wind chill; the forecast; and the current condition of roads, sidewalks, driveways and parking lots, according to a statement provided by the district.

“Please remember that conditions vary throughout the community. One end of the county might be clear while other areas of town remain treacherous,” spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall said in the statement. “With student safety as the guiding priority, FCPS makes decisions based on what’s best for the whole community. The district also respects the right of each family to make different choices based on what they feel is best for their children’s safety.”

For updated winter road conditions, go to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet website.

Check Kentucky.com for the latest on winter weather events in Kentucky.

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