The city’s fuel center did experience a power outage and was unable to provide fuel to the vehicles, so the city had to make other arrangements, said Girdler.
The Pulaski County Road Department was out at 1 a.m., said Barty Bullock, though the rapid snowfall made things difficult for them in clearing off roadways.
“It was snowing as fast as they could clean it off,” he said. “They’re out they’re trying.”
Amber Hale, information officer for District 8 of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, said that ice had made road treatments more difficult this time on the nearly 600 lane miles they cover.
“Ice is harder to combat that snow,” she said. “We started sending trucks out at roughly about 9:30 p.m.”
With temperatures dropping into single digits overnight, there will be no thaw on Tuesday morning, and the roads are expected to ice up again. As such, officials suggest everyone exercise the same precautions and wariness of traveling that they did early Monday.
“The problem will be when everything freezes again and people think it’s clear and venture out,” said Smith. “If you don’t need to go, stay in. It’s the safest way of approaching weather like this.”
There is hope on the horizon, though: Tuesday’s high will be 39 degrees during the day, though it may take a “good chunk” of it to get that high according to Sullivan, and by Wednesday, the area could see a high of 47 degrees.
“Eventually we’ll get there,” said Sullivan, “so it should help.”