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Limit non-essential travel, drive with caution advises KYTC

The Columbia Magazine coverage area is part of KY Transportation Cabinet District 8 which is responsible for maintaining the state highways in Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Lincoln, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell and Wayne counties.

SOMERSET, Ky. (March 11, 2022) - The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 highway crews are ready to respond to the winter storm expected to move across the state overnight.

The U.S. National Weather Service out of Louisville has issued a winter storm warning for all ten counties in District 8. Weather forecasts are calling for snow accumulations of 2" - 6" across the region. Snowfall rates of 1 - 2" per hour at times are likely. Motorists should expect hazardous travel conditions tonight and Saturday.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) mission is to keep traffic moving in a safe manner with an emphasis on maintaining mobility along critical corridors and priority routes. When bad weather hits, crews are assigned 12-hour shifts to plow and treat roads using a priority system based on the amount and nature of traffic within each individual county. Priority A routes include major through routes and are those most heavily traveled. Priority B routes include other important, but lesser traveled, state routes. Other roads fall into Priority C.

The Cabinet's snow and ice information website,, provides details about priority routes, helpful winter weather tips, fact sheets and videos on salt application and snow removal.

For those who must travel, be mindful of changing road conditions - remember that snow will pile up between snowplow passes - and reduce driving speeds. Wind gust may reduce visibility due to blowing snow. In addition, the public can monitor winter operations in real time on the state's interactive traffic system - - to find out what's happening on state routes in their local counties.

You are an important part! Safe travel begins with YOU!

Be prepared:

The following measures will help keep motorists safe and prepared:

Put yourself in emergency mode

Pay attention to weather advisories. Weather will impact your commute on some level

Travel only as necessary during major snow events. It's better to be stuck at home than to be stuck on the road

Maintain a safe distance from snowplows and other heavy highway equipment

Do not pass snowplows on the shoulder

Allow time for a slower commute

Winterize vehicles

Supply vehicles with blankets, flash light and an emergency supply kit

Know before you go. Visit and download the free Waze app to check traffic conditions before you travel. You can also get traffic information for the District 8 counties at or by following us on Twitter at

Eliminate distractions (e.g. operating phone and eating) while driving

Cooperate with the expectations of the Quick Clearance law, which requires drivers to move vehicles to the shoulder in the event of a non-injury crash

KYTC District 8 is responsible for maintaining state highways in Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Lincoln, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell and Wayne counties.

This story was posted on 2022-03-11 20:36:10
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