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Lexington preparing for forecasted winter weather; drivers urged to use caution during a.m. commute

With a rain/snow mix expected in the evening hours combined with temperatures expected below freezing, the City is urging drivers to use extra caution on their morning commute. The City will be responding to calls for emergency treatment on roadways, bridges, hills and overpasses to ensure safe travel. As winter weather approaches, the City of Lexington is prepared. “Kentucky weather is oftentimes...

Fayette County Public Schools announces makeup days for those missed due to inclement weather

Students in the Fayette County Public Schools will be in school on March 15, May 29 and May 30 to make up for days missed in January due to winter weather and illness. As of February 25, 2019, students in the Fayette County Public Schools have missed three days of school due to winter weather and illness (January 25, 30 and 31, 2019). Possible weather make-up days are already identified in the instructional...

LG&E-KU offer seasonal reminders for consumers to stay safe, comfortable as temperatures go lower

With colder temperatures and winter weather on the way, Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company are offering a few seasonal reminders to help area residents stay safe and comfortable in their homes. • Keep warm air in and cold air out – Ensure heating systems are operating efficiently. Seal leaks and gaps around the home with caulk, spray foam or weather-stripping. Make...

Beth Underwood: Some thoughts on the ‘benefits’ of cold weather as the chill of winter fast approaches

As many of you may remember, winter weather is my nemesis — or at least one of them, ranking right up there with crazy drivers. So you can imagine my surprise when I saw an article promoting the benefits of cold weather. While I wasn’t sure such a crazy claim was possible, I felt the need to investigate — to take issue with these outlandish claims in an unbiased fashion, of course. I suppose...

Lexington officials preparing for winter weather forecast for Central Kentucky Friday and Saturday

Lexington is ready for the winter weather forecasted for Friday and Saturday. “The forecasters have warned us, and we’re listening,” Mayor Jim Gray said. “Our trucks and street crews are ready, and our salt barn is full. If the weather is bad, we know Lexington citizens will reach out and help their neighbors. We’re ready.” In order to finish their Friday collections before the bad...

Some reminders from AAA about how to deal with colder weather, snow on the road — be prepared

With the first snow of the season, AAA is providing a refresher on driving during snowy and icy conditions and winter car care prep. Cold temperatures wreak havoc on car batteries and tires, and snow causes treacherous driving conditions.  As a result, AAA is gearing up for winter emergency roadside assistance calls.  AAA’s fleet of tow trucks, battery trucks and light service vehicles are...

KSP says weather conditions can change rapidly, morning commute could be affected

Kentuckians will see a change in weather conditions that may impact their evening driving plans and morning commute. KSP asks motorists to be aware that weather conditions may change rapidly over the next few hours.     “Winter weather provides new challenges and responsibilities to the public and the Kentucky State Police,” says KSP spokesman Tpr. Kendra Wilson.   “We ask drivers to be prepared...

Winter keeps firm grip on the Commonwealth, most schools closed again due to snow

The winter of 2016 isn’t releasing its grip on Kentucky school districts this week, with most schools closed for a second day and an even larger storm predicted for some parts of the Commonwealth starting early Friday. According to news media outlets linked on the KSBA winter closing web page, students are missing classes Thursday in at least 140 school systems. That compares to more than 160 districts...

Roller-coaster ride that is March carries Lexington area into winter one more time

  WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY: A winter weather advisory remains in effect from 2 p.m. this afternoon to 8 a.m. Monday for the Lexington area. Wintry precipitation is expected this afternoon and evening, with snow diminishing late tonight.   One to 2 inches of snow and sleet accumulation, with isolated higher amounts, can be expected, mainly on grassy areas and elevated surfaces. The higher...

Winter weather causes drop in Goodwill donations, March drive encourages giving

Goodwill Industries of Kentucky is down thousands of donations per week statewide, which impacts jobs for an already vulnerable population during tough economic times.   “Weather is compounding the traditional slowdown we see after the holiday season,” said Roland R. Blahnik, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Kentucky. “We have had to cut some employees’ hours due to lack of...

Lyn Hacker: Frozen sausages in moccasins and other tales from a very bad winter’s day

I’m not a person who gets run-of-the-mill sicknesses. I’ll go for years with barely a sniffle.   But when I do get sick, it’s as if all the demons of hell rush to make up for lost time by taking up housekeeping in my ears, sinuses, throat, lungs and stomach where they dance and sing with gay abandon, leaving me an utter and completely dispirited mess.   So it was, during...

‘B’ prepared: Districts prep snow plans that keep kids in classroom during bad weather

By Jennifer Wohlleb Special to KyForward   The past two winters in Kentucky have been an anomaly for most school districts – weather so mild that some have cancelled school more days for illness than snow. But when Mother Nature’s bad side returns, some school districts are ready with snow route plans that will help keep students in class.   (Photo from Wikimedia Commons) Snow routes,...

'B' prepared: Districts prep snow plans that keep kids in classroom during bad weather

By Jennifer Wohlleb Special to KyForward   The past two winters in Kentucky have been an anomaly for most school districts – weather so mild that some have cancelled school more days for illness than snow. But when Mother Nature’s bad side returns, some school districts are ready with snow route plans that will help keep students in class.   (Photo from Wikimedia Commons) Snow routes,...