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Road crews preparing for another winter storm

Heavy rain expected to turn to sleet, freezing rain and snow

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 4, 2015) – Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) highway district road crews are preparing for yet another winter storm set to hit the state today and continue into Thursday morning.

snow_removal300x250Crews are monitoring road temperatures and watching for changing weather conditions, standing by ready to keep roads safe for Kentucky drivers.

A strong weather system bringing a combination of heavy rain, snow and sleet is forecast. Rains will soak areas throughout most of the state today. As temperatures drop, rain will change to sleet and freezing rain, followed by snow. The National Weather Service said snowfall could be heavy at times with some areas getting a foot or more.

Melting snow from the most recent storm, combined with heavy rains today and more snow and freezing temperatures tonight, create the potential for emergencies such as flooding, slides, rock falls, downed trees and ice, among others. Drivers are urged to be alert to changing road conditions as this storm continues.

The public should also be aware that local flooding that blocks roadways likely will disrupt or prevent snow plowing in affected areas.

Heavy rains also preclude pre-treatment of roadways. KYTC crews typically use a brine solution, a salt and water mix, to coat roadways prior to a snowfall. But brine washes away in rain. However, crews are standing by as the storm edges closer.