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Freezing temperatures could cover streets with snow or icy glaze

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Meteorologists are calling for freezing temperatures Tuesday night, which could leave some streets and sidewalks covered with snow or an icy glaze.

Kentucky state road crews in Louisville and the surrounding counties are pre-treating interstates and other roads considered a priority.  The brine gives crews a head start on keeping roads clear, preventing some of the snow and ice from building up and making roads easier to plow.

Metro Louisville crews clear state roads in Jefferson County, except for the interstates.

For the latest weather information, click here to go to the WDRB Weather Blog.

From the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet:

As KYTC crews have made preparations for clearing roadways, motorists should also be prepared for driving in snow and ice by following these tips:

  • Make sure your vehicle is sufficiently winterized – check the battery, antifreeze level, heater, defroster, wipers and windshield washer. Check the forecast and call 511 or visit 511.ky.gov for the latest condition reports before traveling. You can also get traffic information for the District 5 counties at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict5.  Avoid nonessential travel if conditions are dangerous.
  • Dress warmly for the weather –in layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing, in anticipation of unexpected emergencies.
  • Try to keep your gas tank at least two-thirds full to prevent fuel line freezing and to prepare for possible lengthy delays on the roadway.
  • Make sure a friend or relative is aware of your travel route.
  • Carry a cell phone.
  • Make sure your vehicle has an emergency care kit. It should include jumper cables, flares or reflectors, windshield washer fluid, an ice scraper, blankets, nonperishable food, a first aid kit, and traction material.
  • Drive carefully. Allow plenty of time to get to your destination. Do not use cruise control.
  • Give a wide berth to snow removal equipment. 
  • Remember that bridges and exit and entrance ramps can be icy when other areas are not.
  • Stopping in snow requires more braking distance than stopping on dry pavement – up to four times more distance. Make sure to put plenty of distance between yourself and the vehicle ahead.
  • Be visible. Dull, cloudy days will cut down on visibility, so drive using low-beam headlights.
  • Steer into the skid. Stay calm and ease your foot off the gas while carefully steering in the direction you want the front of your vehicle to go.

Condition reports on major Kentucky routes are available by calling 511 or logging onto the 511 travel and traffic information website at www.511.ky.gov.  Road conditions are described in the following manner:

Wet Pavement – The roadway is wet. Ice could form as temperatures drop.

Partly Covered – The roadway is partly covered with snow, slush or ice.  Markings may be obscured.

Mostly Covered – The roadway is mostly covered with snow, slush or ice. Roadway markers may be difficult to see because of packed snow and rutting conditions.

Completely Covered – The roadway is completely covered with snow, slush or ice and markings are obscured.

Impassable – Roadway conditions are not suitable for travel unless required by an emergency.

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