Lexington digs out from under 5.1 inches of snow

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Lexington is digging out from under 5.1 inches of snow that covered roads, closed schools, and put much of the state under a blanket of white.

The National Weather Service in Louisville got 3 inches overnight while areas of Frankfort reported 4 inches and the Bowling Green area reported receiving 3 inches of sleet.

Roadways on Monday morning were slick and snow-covered in many areas, even after snow plows went through.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the number of traffic wrecks were low Monday, despite snow-covered roads. Since 5 a.m. there have been four injury wrecks.

"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.

Director of Streets and Roads Albert Miller said city road crews remain on a 24-hour schedule. Lexington has salt on hand, recently accepting delivery of 300 tons.

Lexington Police Chief Ronnie Bastin said police have been busy assisting motorists today, responding to 50 calls since 5 a.m. The interstate has also been the scene of several accidents and police have been giving it special attention. Most lanes on I-64 and I-75 are improving and passable, but police urged caution.

Shelters for the homeless are in place and alerts have been distributed widely within the community and press, Gray said.

24-hour shelters are Catholic Action Center, 400 East 5th St.; Hope Center Emergency Shelter for Men, 360 W. Loudon Ave.; Salvation Army Emergency Shelter for Women and Children, 722 W. Main St.; and Arbor Youth Services MASH Drop Inn Center (youth 0-17), 536 W. Third St.

Monday garbage and recycling pick-up will take place Wednesday.

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