Department of Highways, District 10
Clearing A Path Through Snow And Ice; Department of Highways District 10 crews pre-treating roads in 10-county area in anticipation of wintry weekend weather

Press Release Date:  Friday, January 19, 2007  
Contact Information:  H.B. ELKINS
(606) 666-8841

JACKSON, KY – (Jan. 19, 2007) – In anticipation of predicted winter precipitation over the weekend, crews from the Department of Highways District 10 are out pre-treating state highways in the district’s 10 counties this afternoon.


Crews are applying brine to the road surfaces. The salt water treatment makes it more difficult for snow to adhere to the pavement, thus making the initial accumulation easier for snowplows to remove. Areas being treated include known trouble spots such as bridges, hills, curves, intersections, elevated areas and “cold spots.”


The Jackson office of the National Weather Service is predicting that a wintry mix of precipitation will begin across the area on Saturday night, and lasting into the day on Sunday. At this time, the NWS says it appears precipitation will begin as light snow and sleet late Saturday night. On Sunday morning between 7 to 10 a.m., there is a threat of some freezing rain before the precipitation changes over to all rain from southwest to northeast across the area by afternoon. Light accumulations of snow and ice are possible before the precipitation changes over to rain. The area most likely to see accumulation is between the Hal Rogers and Mountain parkways.


While the pre-treating is taking place, drivers are asked to be on the lookout for equipment operating on the highways. Once the precipitation starts, motorists should “Drive Smart” and reduce speed and be alert to changing weather and highway conditions.


Road condition reports for major routes in Kentucky are available by calling 511 or by logging on to the 511 travel and traffic information website at


Road conditions are described in the following manner:


Wet Pavement – The roadway is wet. Ice could form as temperatures drop.


Partly Covered – The roadway is partly covered with snow, slush or ice.  Markings may be obscured.


Mostly Covered – The roadway is mostly covered with snow, slush or ice. Roadway markers may be difficult to see because of packed snow and rutting conditions.


Completely Covered – The roadway is completely covered with snow, slush or ice and markings are obscured.


Impassable – Roadway conditions are not suitable for travel unless required by an emergency.


Should significant precipitation occur over the weekend, road condition updates will be sent statewide and within District 10 as warranted.


District 10 includes the counties of Breathitt, Estill, Lee, Magoffin, Menifee, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Powell and Wolfe.