While Lexington drivers are seeing more pavement now thanks to government and contracted road crews, frigid temperatures threaten to slow that progress. And officials are keeping their eyes on the mercury.
With Lexington in the grip of arctic temperatures, Mayor Jim Gray says simply making sure everyone is warm and safe is priority one.
"In addition to being dangerous, our bitter cold weather has made this snow storm more difficult to battle for our street crews, public safety personnel, and social safety workers. So I will say it again, that we appreciate everyone's patience," he told reporters.
Plowing and salting expanded into neighborhoods Wednesday and Thursday, accidents are down, and police have returned to normal staffing levels. But the relief could be brief, as rain and another 1 to 3 inches of snow are expected to fall this weekend.
24-hour shelters remain open at the Salvation Army, the Hope Center, Arbor Youth Services, and the Catholic Action Center.