The most recent weather system bringing snow to Eastern Kentucky started its journey through the counties of Highway District 12 just after nine o’clock this morning.
By 9:30 snow was reported from state highway garages in Lawrence, Johnson, and Martin counties. The temperature in Lawrence was 26 degrees; in Johnson and Martin the mercury showed 28 degrees. State maintenance garages in all three counties rolled out all their snowplows (which also serve as salt spreaders) and even called out a few contract trucks in an effort to stay ahead of the weather.
At the same time, state highway crews in Knott and Letcher counties reported freezing drizzle with temperatures of 29 and 28 degrees respectively. The snowfighters at those state garages were preparing to hit the road no later than about 9:45 a.m.
Sleet was reported at the Allen Maintenance facility in Floyd County, while the weather at Minnie Maintenance was still clear. Crews were already out in force from both garages, spot treating before the snow arrived.
Pike County’s state garages – at Shelby, Phelps, and Canada – reported clear skies at 9:30 with temperatures from 29-31 degrees. All snowfighters were on stand-by, ready to roll with the fall of the first flake.
“We have plenty of salt, we’ve replenished our liquid calcium chloride, we’ve had some time to service most of our equipment, and we’re ready,” said Terry Tackett, D-12’s Incident Management Coordinator. “It appears that this may be another long week for our crews, but they always rise to the challenge.”
Tackett asked motorists to make sure they have plenty of gas, have the air pressure in their tires checked as well as all their vehicle lights and their windshield washer fluid. “This snow is going to start during the day, so that’s a little different than what we’ve had so far this winter. People are already out and they’ll have to get home this evening, so everyone, please, buckle up, be safe, and drive smart!