Madison County woke up to its first major snowfall of the year Friday morning.
Approximately four inches of snow fell overnight as state and city road crews worked through the night to clear city and county highways. The roadways were mostly clear in Berea and Madison County as of 9 a.m. this morning.
Madison County and Berea Independent Schools called off classes Friday. Crews in District 7 began patrolling and clearing state roads at midnight this morning. Personnel will continue to monitor and treat roadways in all 12 counties located in Central Kentucky.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet offered these tips for motorists during the winter months.
Things to remember during winter months:
• Asphalt and concrete may become slick as temperatures decline during late afternoons/evenings and early morning hours
• Black ice can form on previously treated routes
Tips for driving in snow & ice for the winter season:
• Avoid nonessential travel if conditions are dangerous.
• Check the forecast and plan ahead for your trip.
• Make sure your vehicle is sufficiently winterized - check the battery, antifreeze level, heater, defroster, wipers and windshield washer.
• Dress warmly for the weather – in layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing, in anticipation of unexpected emergencies.
• Try to keep your gas tank at least two-thirds full to prevent fuel line freezing and in preparation for possible lengthy delays on the roadway.
• Make sure a friend or relative is aware of your travel route.
• Carry a cell phone.
• Make sure your vehicle has an emergency care kit. It should include jumper cables, flares or reflectors, windshield washer fluid, an ice scraper, blankets, nonperishable food, a first aid kit, and traction material.
• Drive carefully. Allow plenty of time to get to your destination. Do not use cruise control.
• Give a wide berth to snow removal equipment.
• Bridges and exit and entrance ramps can be icy when other areas are not.
• Stopping in snow requires more braking distance than stopping on dry pavement – up to four times more distance. Leave plenty of distance between yourself and the vehicle ahead.
• Be visible. Dull, cloudy days reduce visibility - drive using low-beam headlights.
• Steer into the skid. Stay calm and ease your foot off the gas while carefully steering in the direction you want the front of your vehicle to go.