After weekend of rain, dropping temperatures present new roadway hazards in Kentucky

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  • Andy Beshear
    63rd governor of Kentucky

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear warned Sunday that frigid temperatures settling in during the evening could create further road hazards for residence.

“It’s tempting to think the danger has passed because rising temperatures and rain this weekend have combined to rapidly melt snow and ice from our roadways,” Beshear said in a released statement. “Unfortunately, temperatures are expected to drop dramatically this evening, overnight and into Monday morning."

The dropping temperatures are expected to create flash freezing and slick roadways, Beshear said.

The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement for much of west and southwest Kentucky warning of slick spots developing overnight. Motorists are advised to be extra caution Monday morning.

Several counties in eastern and southeastern Kentucky who are already facing flooding and rock slides will experience further roadway challenges as the cold moves across the state, read the statement from Beshear.

“These ‘whiplash temperatures’ combined with rain can cause slopes along roadways to become unstable, and rock slides are the result," Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray said in the release. "There is a danger of downed trees blocking roadways and bringing down power lines. Our crews will be carrying chain saws as well as salt and other equipment.”

Beshear advised Kentucky drivers to prepare for the winter weather by making sure vehicles are stocked with supplies like snow scrappers, first aid kits and jumper cables in case of being stranded on the roadway.

Roadway hazards are expected to clear up as sunny weather moves into Kentucky Monday.

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Gov. Beshear warns of dropping temperatures, roadway hazards Sunday

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