LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56)- It’s a little like déjà vu. The city of Lexington is seeing its third snowfall in just 13 days.
The city is only expecting less than 2 inches of snow, but there is still room for concern on our roads and for our vulnerable residents.
Mayor Linda Gorton held a press conference Wednesday ahead of the snowfall and the message was a repeat of the warnings given Sunday and the week before. Officials are urging residents to stay off the roads so crews have room to keep the roads clear and free of snow and ice.
The Lexington Police Department said its officers will be ready to respond to accidents and officers will also be along the interstate to assist motorists that may slide off the road or get stuck.
Lexington Fire Chief Jason Wells is urging residents to be careful when using heating devices, citing 12 significant fires the department has already responded to this year.
In the mayor’s briefing, the Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention (OHPI) expressed its concern for residents that will be left out in the cold. and that’s where the real concern comes in with this weather event.
Because the temperature will drop rapidly tonight, the agency is encouraging all Lexington residents to be on the lookout for those who need shelter.
OHPI Director Polly Ruddick said, “We are looking directly at Friday night as very concerning, anybody sheltered currently is wet and then overnight they will freeze and they will not have a change to unthaw or dry out until we drop down to single digits. So we’ve been working with police and hospitals in preparation and we are sheltering tonight quite heavily.”
According to OHPI, there are more than 700 people in Lexington experiencing homelessness nightly, including children.
The Lexington Rescue Mission is opening its emergency shelter Wednesday night at 444 Glenn Arvin Way because of the cold temperatures.
Residents are asked to call Lexington Police’s non-emergency line if they see someone in need of assistance or shelter.
The Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention’s Winter Weather Response Plan will stay in place until Monday, which allows the city to extend services like keeping shelters open for those most in need during this time.