Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials say workers have focused on clearing the remaining ice and slush off highways, but are now slowing their efforts.
KYTC spokesperson Keith Todd says today’s wind helped dry pavement and has reduced the chance of water freezing on roadways overnight. But some slick spots may remain in some areas and conditions are right for black ice.
Tonight’s temperatures could drop into the mid-teens, reducing the impact of the ice-fighting salt solution. Todd says while KYTC has enough salt for now, another series of severe winter weather events could strain supplies. The cabinet’s engineers are considering conserving salt in the near future.
Ice coated trees and power lines are sagging and could snap as winds increase today. The national weather service reports up to half an inch of ice accumulation in some TN border counties. Temperatures will remain below freezing for the coming days. Below is a list of resources for seeking information on power outages and road conditions throughout our listening area.
Interstates, parkways and U.S. highways are improving today, but a Kentucky highway official says other roads are in “pretty rough shape.”
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd said crews are working hard to clear roads in anticipation of another round of freezing rain and sleet Tuesday. He said the National Weather Service is calling for precipitation to begin at noon, continuing until 8 p.m.
Kentuckians should prepare for yet another round of Arctic-like weather early next week. That's the opinion of University of Kentucky Agricultural Meteorologist Matt Dixon. Dixon says, while the Commonwealth has already experienced a couple shots of frigid weather this winter, the longer term outlook appears to be chilly as well.
Arctic temperatures are back in our region for the second time this year with some officials speculating this might not be the end of it.
Despite highs in the 50s Monday, National Weather Service officials are predicting single digit wind chills Tuesday, rising to a high of 30 degrees Wednesday before an even colder air mass arrives late Wednesday night.
Murray State University's main campus will be closed again Wednesday. MSU officials say at least 40% of MSU's major buildings suffered significant damage due to frozen pipes and equipment.
Spokesperson Catherine Sivills says crews are still making rounds through buildings to assess the damage.
"As soon as we know the extent of the damage, we will make a determination on re-opening," Sivills said.
Murray State shutdown power to the main campus last night at the request of the TVA to help meet extremely high demand due to the arctic temperatures. MSU has a generator in place to carry enough load to prevent such problems from occurring. But, that generator malfunctioned last night. MSU has an "interruptible contract" with the TVA which allows the TVA to require MSU to reduce its electricity usage. Sivills says MSU receives "significant" savings for this contract.
Over the week, temperatures in our region are expected to drop into the single digits, and possibly even lower. Listed below are resources available in our listening area to help combat against the harsh cold. Included are a list of local warming shelters, road condition links, tips for keeping pets warm as well as a survival kit checklist.