Highway Crews in Southeast Kentucky Prepared for Significant Winter Storm

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MANCHESTER, KY (February 14, 2021) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 11 highway crews are ready to respond to the forecasted winter storm expected to impact the District 11 counties with freezing rain, snow and ice.

KYTC logo 175Weather forecasts call for the system arriving in the District 11 region late this evening lasting through early Tuesday. The system is expected to begin as rain changing over to a wintry mix to freezing rain with the potential of ice accumulations of a half-inch or more for much of our area.

Damage to trees and power lines is likely – a condition that poses its own dangers to KYTC crews and can delay road response work. The potential for single-digit cold temperatures impacts the effectiveness of road salt which works best when temperatures are above the freezing point. Motorists are strongly advised to avoid any unnecessary travel over the next several days.

During the storm, Kentucky Department of Highways crews will work 12-hour shifts, focusing on keeping high-priority state routes, such as interstates and parkways, passable. Crews then concentrate on heavily traveled state routes before turning to lower-volume routes. With the expected ice and arctic temperatures, Kentuckians should be prepared for several days of snow-covered roads.

Motorists should avoid unnecessary travel. If you must drive:

  • Remember to reduce your speed
  • Give drivers of snow plow trucks adequate space when following  
  • Don’t drive on the shoulders of the road
  • Do not try to pass a snow plow truck

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has established a snow emergency plan to deploy resources within each county, as needed, to cover routes based on priorities such as high traffic volume and connectivity to hospitals and other critical services. Snow priority maps for each county can be viewed online at

For real-time traffic information or to keep up with state snowfighters in your respective county, visit Follow District 11 updates on Twitter and Facebook at  or

KYTC District 11 is responsible for maintaining state highways in Bell, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Leslie and Whitley counties.


Image: Stock photo by Crystal Craig


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