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Temperatures in Kentucky Will Remain Arctic During the Holiday Weekend
An arctic front brought freezing temperatures to Kentucky on Friday, prompting Gov. Andy Beshear to proclaim a state of emergency and public officials to warn against travel. On Friday, December 23, 2022, a pedestrian walks by City Center in downtown Lexington, Kentucky.
According to the National Weather Service, virtually the whole state was under a wind chill warning Friday morning, with sections of northern Kentucky under a winter storm warning. According to the NWS in Louisville, highs in central and western Kentucky will range from 3 to 8 degrees Fahrenheit on Friday. Temperatures will not rise above freezing again until Tuesday.
Temperatures in Kentucky may rise above freezing by Monday, according to the NWS in Paducah. Here is the most recent information regarding the bad weather. Cold temperatures and difficult traffic conditions will linger through the weekend 5:15 p.m. – Freezing temperatures will persist in Central Kentucky through the holiday weekend, and further snow is possible.
A smart method for repaying Christmas credit card debt. Snow squalls and blowing snow might bring another inch of snow to the area through Saturday, according to Chris Bailey, WKYT’s Chief Meteorologist, on Friday afternoon.
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Temperatures will rise somewhat on Saturday but remain cold, with highs hitting 13 degrees, according to projections from the National Weather Service in Louisville. “Bitterly frigid temperatures will persist into Christmas Eve night and Christmas Day as arctic air maintains a firm grip on the region,” according to the NWS prediction statement Friday afternoon.
Roads in and around Lexington may remain slick in places due to the extreme cold, according to a press statement issued by the city Friday evening. Crews have been clearing and treating roadways around the clock.
“Residents and visitors are encouraged to avoid the roadways,” according to the announcement. “Use extreme caution if you must drive.” The Lexington Police Department responded to 103 traffic-related complaints from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. There were 53 crashes, eight of which resulted in injuries, however, none were serious.
Crash closures on numerous routes and interstates 1:45 p.m. – Various major roadways in Kentucky have been closed due to several crashes on interstates and highways. They are as follows: I-64 in Scott County is closed in both directions near mile marker 69 due to multiple collisions.
I-64 eastbound in Franklin County is closed in both directions due to an incident at mile marker 58. I-65 northbound in Warren County is closed at mile marker 40 due to a jackknifed tractor-trailer. I-71 northbound lanes closed at mile marker 62 in Gallatin County. Southbound I-71 is open, although traffic is moving slowly.
Mr. Julian Carroll Purchase Parkway southbound near mile marker 18 in Graves County is partially closed. Due to commercial trucks skidding off the road, just one lane is open. “Keep inside and off the roads to stay safe,” advised Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday.
“The greatest approach to assist is not to add another vehicle to the backups. I-71 should be avoided at all costs. It is risky owing to backups and the length of time you could be stranded.” 1:00 p.m. – According to poweroutage.us, around 17,500 Kentucky consumers were without power Friday afternoon.
That was an improvement over the morning when over 20,000 people were without power. By the afternoon, Woodford County had decreased its power outages to 911. Previously, there were over 4,000 outages in the county.
Beshear: Third death verified as a result of weather 11:20 a.m. Gov. Andy Beshear said Friday morning that a third person had died as a result of the weather. He previously stated that one person was murdered in an accident and another died due to a lack of shelter.