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Statewide blizzard means snow, ice removal throughout day and record colds tomorrow


Kentuckians were urged by Lexington Mayor Jim Gray to stay off the roads if possible to allow crews to continue removing snow and ice now that the snow has stopped falling in Central Kentucky. But, the cold may be getting worse.
 
AccuWeather.com is predicting temperatures in the mid-Atlantic region tomorrow to rival record lows set in the 1800s. Much of the area could be in the single digits and parts of the central Appalachians could dip near to or below zero.
 
In mid-week, it is expected to warm into the 40s and 50s, a temperature we will likely see more of in March. There are still days in March, however, that temperatures are expected to be 5-10 or more degrees below normal and the higher-than-average demand for energy should continue into the spring.
 

This was the parking lot of the Department of Emergency Management this morning, March 3. (Photo from LexingtonKy.com)

This was the parking lot of the Department of Emergency Management this morning, March 3. (Photo from LexingtonKy.com)

The majority of roads across all 120 counties were snow and ice covered this morning. There are still many road hazards and the KYTC is urging extreme caution while driving.
 
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray gave local drivers a pat on the back for a job well done, saying motorists’ cautious driving and slower speeds kept the number of traffic accidents low today, despite snow-covered roads. Since 5 a.m. there have been just 17 non-injury accidents and two injury accidents.
 
“City crews began making significant progress clearing those roads as soon as the snow stopped falling, plowing and salting priority routes first,” Gray said.
 
Gray urged citizens to stay off the road for the rest of the day to give crews time to catch up. Gray said citizens can also help by reaching out to neighbors and continuing to take care of pets, as overnight lows are again forecast to sink into the single digits.
 
Weather radar shows that the last of the snow has moved out of the Lexington area and that the sun has come out. The National Weather Service has cancelled the winter storm warning for Fayette County, but the warning remains in effect for counties to the east.
 
Road crews remain on a 24-hour schedule and Director of Streets and Roads Albert Miller reported this afternoon that the city has enough salt, having recently accepted a delivery of 300 tons.
 
Lexington Chief of Police Ronnie Bastin said the police have responded to at least 50 calls since 5 a.m. including several accidents on the interstates. He said most lanes on I-64 and I-75 were improving and passable, but still urged caution.
 

The mayor reminded the community that the four 24-hour homeless shelters were:
 
‣ Catholic Action Center at 400 East 5th St.,
‣ Hope Center Emergency Shelter for Men at 360 W Loudon Ave.,
‣ Salvation Army Emergency Shelter for Women and Children at 722 W. Main St. and
‣ Arbor Youth Services MASH Drop Inn Center for youth 17 and under at 536 W. 3rd St.
 
The city also reported that there is no garbage or recycling pick up today, but that Monday’s pick up will take place on Wednesday, March 5. Also, the statewide Tornado Drill scheduled for tomorrow, March 4, will now take place also on Wednesday, March 5, at 10:07 a.m.
 
From LexingtonKy.gov


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