Jan 25, 2013 4:25 PM
Transportation Cabinet highway crews in northeast Kentucky will remain on snow duty Friday until the winter storm threat subsides.
At 4:30 p.m., snow plow operators throughout Department of Highways District 9 in Bath, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas and Rowan counties continued to treat state highways, applying salt where necessary.
Pavement conditions vary county to county, with main routes ranging from clear or wet pavement. However, some routes - including back roads and main routes such as US 23 in Greenup County - were reported as wet pavement to partly-covered with snow or ice, and slick in spots.
Crews will continue to treat affected areas, but motorists should travel with caution and watch for black ice or re-freezing of wet pavement - particularly in the overnight hours as temperatures will remain below freezing.
Motorists should reduce speeds on wet or snow-covered roadways, give themselves plenty of time to reach destinations and leave extra space between other vehicles. And remember, bridges and overpasses often freeze before roadways.
According to the National Weather Service, precipitation is expected to end late Friday afternoon, transitioning to a mix of sun and clouds on Saturday.
Transportation Cabinet crews in District 9 use more than 75 snow plows and have about 22,000 tons of salt stockpiled to battle winter precipitation. For more information, including snow and ice treatment maps, forecast links and driving tips, please visit District 9's web site at http://transportation.ky.gov/district-9 and click on the link for snow operations. Or, follow District 9 on Twitter at http://twitter.com/KYTCDistrict9 and on Facebook at http://facebook.com/KYTCDistrict9.