WESTERN KENTUCKY (3/3/14) — Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews in the 11 counties of District 2 have made good progress on treating and plowing of “A” Snow Priority Routes.
This afternoon crews have been on the attack along many “B” and “C” snow Priority Routes. However, some “C” routes may have to wait until Tuesday morning.
Sunshine has helped to warm pavement temperatures through the day in many counties. Slightly warmer than expected temperatures have also helped to activate salt and ice-fighting chemicals during the day.
While conditions have improved during the day, crews are going to be limited in their impact overnight. District 2 crews will be ramping down operations with each county maintaining some staffing to be available to respond to emergencies during the overnight hours.
Due to single digit lows expected overnight, there is concern about re-freezing of melted snow. As temperatures drop through the teens overnight down into the single digits, salt and calcium chloride will have reduced impact. That means after dark tonight many highways will not see much improvement until temperatures warm back up through the 20’s on Tuesday.
Due to hazardous driving conditions, KYTC engineers continue to urge the public to avoid unnecessary travel overnight and remind everyone to use extreme caution.
The cold temperatures will create the opportunity for black ice at locations where there is still moisture on road surfaces.
Engineers have been evaluating salt supplies through the day. KYTC District 2 started into this event with about 8,300 tons of salt on hand. The 11 counties would normally be expected to consume about 5,000 tons over the course of a typical 3-day snow/ice event. That will leave District 2 counties with low salt inventories with about a month left in snow and ice season.
According to KYTC District 2 Spokesman Keith Todd, crews are taking steps to conserve salt. During a normal winter having 8,300 tons in inventory at this time of the year would be plenty. However, he noted that another major winter weather event will pretty much consume the remaining salt inventory.
Todd also said suppliers have indicated the hard winter nationwide has greatly increased demand for salt and that there is no salt available in the normal supply chain to be available for purchase.
Information provided by Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
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