Road conditions are slick and treacherous, blamed for one crash

Monday 5am Update:

Officials tell Mountain News roads across the mountains are slick and dangerous this morning.

Busy Interstate 75 in Laurel County was shut down for a while following a crash just before two Monday morning.

It happened near MM 36 just south of London. We’re told a semi and a car were involved. One person was seriously injured.

Here are the latest power outages from Kentucky Power:

Floyd-486, Perry-614, Knott-277

At last update, 378 Appalachian Power customers in Mingo County, West Virginia were without power.

Monday 2:30am Update:

Snow is coming down across most of the area now, with the western half of the area in a lull for the moment.

Kentucky Power is reporting outages across 4 counties. Here are the latest numbers:

Floyd-564, Knott-277, Perry-655, Leslie-472.

Appalachian Power is also reporting outages in two counties in West Virginia, Here are the latest numbers there:

Mingo-378, Wayne-419.

Temperatures continue to drop, with most areas already into the 30s and 20s. Parts of Western Kentucky are already into the single digits.

Keep it locked right here for updates.

Original story:

A severe blast of winter conditions will stream across eastern Kentucky Sunday night into the first half of the work week.

Rain has pushed into the eastern Coalfields with temperatures in the upper 40s and low 50s. As an arctic cold front plummets temperatures, rain will quickly transition to snow Sunday evening. Here are expected changeover times:

-By 10:30pm: Wayne, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Estill, and Powell counties.

-10:00pm-11:30pm: McCreary, Whitley, Laurel, Jackson, northern Owsley, Lee, Wolfe, Menifee, Rowan, and northern Morgan counties.

-10:30pm-12:30am: Bell, Knox, Clay, Leslie, northern Perry, southern Owsley, Breathitt, Magoffin, northern Johnson, and Lawrence counties.

-11:00pm-1:00am: Harlan, Letcher, souther Perry, Knott, Floyd, southern Johnson, Martin, and Pike. This also includes our WV and VA counties.

The snow will be heavy at times and quickly cover area roads. Any rain water on pavement or vehicles will ice over in a flash freeze. Snow accumulations of 1-3″ are possible by Monday morning with treacherous road conditions and wind chills as low as 15°F below zero. Wind gusts will blow the dry snow around, reducing visibility.

The core of the frigid air mass will move in early next week with the coldest air eastern Kentucky has experienced in the past 10 years. Temperatures will fall below zero Monday night and Tuesday morning with wind chills as low as -30°F. At these temperatures, exposed skin can freeze in 30 minutes. Action will be needed by homeowners to keep pipes from freezing, especially in poorly insulated houses and mobile homes. Outdoor pets will also be threatened with hypothermia and frostbite if not provided shelter.

Temperatures are expected to rise closer to average with highs in the 40s during the second half of the work week.

Stay with WYMT on-air and online for updates on the changing weather conditions.