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Winter catches up with city

Posted at 3:18 PM, Feb 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-07 15:27:35-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Friday was a busy day for Lexington. City crews got an early start to the day, setting out around 2:00 a.m. to treat roads and make sure they were safe for drivers. Throughout the day, they had to keep up with constant snowfall.

"We're also having to go back and check some of the major roads, treating slick spots, hills, problem areas and making sure the roads out in the county are taken care of,” said Rob Allen, Director of the Division of Streets and Roads.

Even with the crews’ help, slippery roads led to several wrecks.

"Our police reported 41 non-injury collisions, eight injury collisions and 22 motorist assists between 2:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.,” said Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton.

There was one fatal collision overnight.

The biggest concern into the evening was black ice.

"We had a lot of rainfall earlier in the week. The temperatures are supposed to get around freezing or above freezing this afternoon, so we're going to see some snow melt,” said Allen.

As that melted snow freezes up, drivers are urged to be patient, drive slowly, and leave plenty of space between them and other vehicles