LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 14, 2014) — More snow is forecast for this afternoon and Mayor Jim Gray today reminded citizens to use caution on the roads.
Forecasters with the National Weather Service have issued a winter weather advisory for Central Kentucky, in effect until 4 a.m. Saturday. Snow accumulations of one to four inches are possible.
“Lexington has endured more than its fair share of snow this winter,” said Gray. “The city remains prepared with salt and personnel to treat major roadways and assist the public.”
This week, the council approved budget amendments to purchase additional salt. The city has 5,000 tons of salt on hand and 518 tons soon to be delivered. If necessary, an additional 1,800 tons of salt can be ordered under an existing contract.
Streets and Roads Director Albert Miller said crews began salt brining major roads Friday morning in anticipation of snow during evening rush hour. Crews will work 12-hour shifts throughout the weekend.
Police Chief Ronnie Bastin urged motorists to drive with extreme caution, slow down and increase their stopping distance. The E-911 call center will bring in extra staff in anticipation of heavy call volume related to weather.
Because of the inclement weather, city government offices and the Senior Center on Nicholasville Road will close early at 3 p.m. Friday. Community centers operated by the Division of Parks & Recreation will open as scheduled and will remain open as weather permits. The Black History Program scheduled for Friday evening at the William Wells Brown Community Center is canceled.
Citizens are also reminded that government offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17 for the Presidents Day holiday. Residents and business owners who normally receive Monday trash and recycling pick-up should place their Herbie and Rosie carts out on Tuesday night, Feb. 18 for collection service on Wednesday.