What could be a significant winter storm will impact western Kentucky and middle Tennessee Friday and highway crews are getting ready.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says in a news release that if the current forecast holds, this wintry precipitation followed by plummeting temperatures is likely to have a substantial impact on travel across our region through the weekend.
Pre-treating of roads will not be possible due to regular rain that is forecast to precede onset of freezing rain, sleet and snow. The ice accumulation from freezing rain and sleet anticipated prior to the start of snow could limit the ability of highway crews to substantially improve driving conditions, particularly in the early hours of this event.
Transportation Cabinet Spokesman Keith Todd says motorists should pay close attention to the local forecast and should carefully consider limiting travel Friday until highway crews have time to salt and plow snow.
The National Weather Service in Paducah will hold a conference call Wednesday afternoon, where timing and accumulation amounts will likely be discussed—though all aspects of the forecast are subject to change with more than 36 hours to go before onset of precipitation.
Stay tuned to the WHOP Family of Stations and monitor our websites and social media outlets for the latest on this developing winter storm.