Kentucky transportation officials warn against travel after winter storm
KYTC and other state officials are warning drivers to say off roads Saturday night in Kentucky.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- KYTC and other state officials are warning drivers to say off roads Saturday night in Kentucky.
After a weather system moved through the Commonwealth dumping more than 12” in some locations, officials are concerned with deteriorating road conditions as temperatures continue to drop.
“If you drive slow, don't try to get somewhere fast,” snow plow driver James Horsley said. “Give yourself a little extra time. That'll cut down on a lot of the accidents.”
While most roads are in good shape in and around Louisville as well as southern Indiana, other parts of Kentucky are dealing with major issues.
“Once you start losing traction, you're not going to get it back,” Horsley said.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet issued a warning Saturday to drivers statewide. Road crews will continue to work in certain areas of the state as slushy roads will refreeze. With the drop in temperatures overnight, any melting chemicals won’t be effective. In fact, KYTC went so far as to say drivers should stay home.
“Don't put yourself in a position where you're in a rush to get somewhere,” Horsley advised.
While roads throughout Kentucky improved over the course of the day for high priority routes, some remain slick in certain areas. Lower priority routes in some areas have not been addressed, and transportation officials are warning against any travel in those areas.
Meanwhile, Horsley says he knows there can be tougher times ahead.
“Usually February gets worse,” he said. “I guess for the last 10 or 12 years that I've been pushing snow ... usually February is when you get the ice.
"When you get that ice underneath that snow or when you get that ice compacted, that makes things really difficult.”
KYTC urges drivers who have to drive to certain parts of the state to be prepared by having an emergency kit with water and blankets in your car and having a full tank of gas before embarking on the journey.
Copyright 2016 WDRB News. All rights reserved.