Laurel County emergency crews prepare for ice storm

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LONDON, Ky. (WYMT) – Severe weather warnings in London first highlighted a risk of flooding and then morphed into a threat of an ice storm on Thursday.

Laurel County emergency crews said the impending ice storm threatened to create dangerous driving conditions and delays were possible, especially in the event of a car accident.

“When there is [are] accidents, we have to send other agencies and settle these accidents, then it delays us [going to treat or plow the roadways,” said Les Dixon, the information officer with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 11.

Bad weather is not all bad news though. Local hotels even look forward to it.

“With the weather you can tell people [are] runoff every few hours,” the Baymont Inn & Suites front desk manager said. “By the end of the night, I hope to have more than half my capacity, but I know that as the night fades there will be more and more people coming in.”

Security officials want to hear that travelers are settling in for the night. As temperatures continue to drop, the evening rain will turn to ice and pose a hazard.

“Drive slowly no matter what type of vehicle you’re driving,” Dixon said. “It takes more time and distance to stop your vehicle in the weather conditions. Brake early and slowly.

Dixon also reminds people that road crews need patience and space to work.

“Maintain a safe distance from snow plows and other heavy road equipment,” he said. “One thing we definitely ask is not to shoulder plows.”

Officials expect road conditions to remain informative during the morning commute and ask people to stay home unless absolutely necessary.

STEVE…THE ROAD CONDITION MAY BE GOOD FOR NOW…BUT THE OFFICIALS WANT ME TO REMIND PEOPLE THAT IT WILL BE THE BRIDGES AND EXIT RAMPS THAT FREEZE FIRST…AND THE INTERSECTIONS APPROACH VERY SLOWLY.

LIVE IN LONDON. ZAK HAWKE. WYMT. MOUNTAIN NEWS.

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