Winter storm makes its way across parts of Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A winter storm moving through Kentucky is bringing slippery driving conditions to parts of the state Wednesday morning.

"There are some slick spots on bridges and overpasses that could last through the day," says WKYT Meteorologist Micah Harris. "Highs today settle in the lower to mid 30s as most of the activity has moved out for the west/central zones and midday-early afternoon you can expect the rain to push eastward for the southeastern zones."

All advisories and warnings have been expired as the wintry mix exits the region.

Freezing rain took it's tool on power lines overnight Tuesday, leaving hundreds without power in several counties.

Thanks to the quick action of Lexington Streets & Roads, most roads were pretreated before the winter weather hit, easing the headache for early morning commuters.

As of 11 p.m. Tuesday night most streets and roads in Lexington were just wet. That trend carried over into Wednesday morning. Many trees and grassy areas were covered with ice, but most of the roads remained clear except for a few icy patches.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet road crews were patrolling roadways and treating any potential slick areas as needed throughout the night.

Each facility in all 12 counties is equipped with salt, salt brine and liquid calcium chloride. Contractor and state snow and ice equipment have been inspected. The equipment includes salt spreaders and snow plows. In addition, liquid calcium chloride distributors have been installed.

Officials warn motorists to use extra caution on their morning commute Wednesday, when driving in the cold and wet weather. Bridges and overpasses typically freeze before surface-level roadways.

The Kentucky SAFE Patrol – Safety Assistance for Freeway Emergencies – operates seven days a week on Kentucky interstates and parkways. SAFE Patrol drivers are equipped with blankets, shovels, reflective cones, auto fluids and other equipment to get motorists back on the road safely. Motorists can request the SAFE Patrol by calling 1-877-FOR-KYTC (1-877-367-5982).

Looking ahead, as WKYT Meteorologist Micah Harris explains, the wild Winter weather is far from over.

"Thursday will be a day to watch due to the low pressure just to the south of us. 70% of the area will be dry except for our far southern zones, Pike to Perry to Whitley and points southward, that could experience a decent snow."

As for the weekend ahead, Harris adds, " we take a few days off from the crazy weather on Friday and Saturday before a wild and COLD arctic system takes place on Sunday through next week."

Highs for the start of next week are forecast to dip into the teens for some areas.

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