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Holiday travelers advised to be careful, low temps mean black ice is a possibility

Posted at 9:28 PM, Dec 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-25 23:39:25-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The snow came and stayed, giving those in Lexington a white Christmas Day.

“I’m excited for it. I wasn’t expecting it, but I like it,” said one woman.

Lexington road crews worked overnight and into the holiday to treat roads and keep drivers safe, but low temperatures on Christmas night mean drivers are not in the clear yet.

“People just need to be aware that, yeah sometimes we do a great job where we melt everything off the road and it’s going away, but then if that water doesn’t drain off, it actually turns to ice,” said LFUCG Streets and Roads Director Rob Allen. “Mother nature did give us an assist today with some sunlight and things like that, but salt is only effective to about 15 degrees.”

Road crews will be on stand-by until morning, according to Allen.

“The roads should be fairly safe. People do need to be aware of black ice,” he said.

Some families celebrating Christmas with loved ones are keeping the weather in mind and heading home early to avoid any added risks on the road.

“I’ve had all the fun I had with my family so far, so when it gets closer to dusk and nighttime, I’m going to be inside,” said Brandon Crawford.

“I’m going to try and get home because Grandma says the later it gets, the more black ice there is at nighttime,” one woman told LEX 18 News.

The Kentucky Department of Transportation warned on social media, ‘frigid temps can cause roadways to freeze. If you must travel, take your time and use extra caution.’