The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Winter Weather Warning from 1:00 am on Monday, February 15th, until 1:00 pm on Tuesday, February 16th. Snow accumulations during the first part of this event are predicted to range from 1 to 3 inches overnight and then taper off. Snow is expected to start falling again Monday afternoon and could total from 8 to 13 inches based on the most recent predictions.
Our team continues to closely monitor the forecast and prepare for a substantial snow event. Fort Wright Public Work Crews will be reporting for duty this evening and will work continuously throughout the event. With only three full-time employees and some part-time help from other departments, they are responsible for maintaining over 100 streets that amount to nearly 80 miles of roadway including from time to time some very heavily travelled state roads such as KY 17, Highland Pike, and Dixie Highway. Your cooperation in making their job safer, easier, and more efficient is much appreciated!
Per NWS, hazards that could occur during this event include: Heavy Snow, Ice, and Drifting Winds. Hazardous travel conditions are expected to develop due to slippery roadways as a result of snow, ice, winds, and below freezing temperatures.
Due to limited parking availability in many neighborhoods within the Fort Wright Community we will NOT BE ISSUING A SNOW EMERGENCY AT THIS TIME. As more information becomes available and the situation changes, conditions may warrant a snow emergency. If that is the case, we will send out notifications via the media, social media and email. Please stay tuned for more information.
We encourage everyone who has access to off street parking to remove their parked vehicles from the street in preparation for this pending snow event. Vehicles parked on the street pose a hazard to ALL emergency vehicles and their operators, and may delay the timely treatment of roadways impacted by snow and ice. Please plan ahead and make arrangements now to park your vehicle(s) at an OFF STREET location for at least the next 24 to 48 hours if at all possible. Your cooperation in this matter is appreciated.
We recommend that all residents know the risks associated with Severe Winter Weather and have in place winter weather emergency plans. Checks batteries in flashlights, radios, and other devices. Fully charge cell phones. Stock up on water and non-perishable food items. If you have a generator, make sure it is working properly and that you are familiar with using it safely. Be a good neighbor and offer assistance to elderly neighbors and other "at-risk" individuals within your vicinity.