Dangerously cold temperatures Monday moved through the eastern half of the United States, including most of Kentucky.
Frigid air, known as a “polar vortex”, hit parts of the country with temperatures that broke decade-old records with wind chill warnings that stretched from Montana to Alabama.
No weather-related injuries had been reported by press time Monday.
As temperatures dropped nearly 50 degrees on Sunday, and rain turned to snow, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) sent road crews out to treat the roads.
“Working in bitter cold presents obvious challenges but our maintenance crews battle through frigid temperatures to keep roadways as clear as possible,” said KYTC Secretary Mike Hancock.
With unbearable temperatures hovering just above or below zero, the possibility of ice still remains.
Salt becomes less effective on roads as temperatures continue to drop. KYTC advises motorists to drive with caution as road crews continue to monitor and spot treat highways around the state.
Rowan County Schools will not be open on Tuesday due to the severe cold.
“I'm more worried about the freezing cold than the snow,” said Supt. Marvin Moore. “With subzero temperatures, I would hate to have kids standing outside.”
Emergency personnel met Sunday to create emergency plans regarding the cold temperatures.
Local warming centers shelters have been made available at fire stations across Rowan County.
Those unable to find a warm place to stay are advised to call 911 for directions on where to find shelter.
Rowan County has funded an emergency services alert program for all citizens of the Rowan area.
“Code Red” is an alert system that contacts all recipients of potential hazards via phone or email.
You can sign up for the messages by calling the Rowan County judge-executive’s office at 784-5151 or by logging on to the Morehead/Rowan County Chamber of Commerce website at www.moreheadchamber.com.
Brad Stacy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 784-4116.