Lexington braces for another round of wintry weather

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The city of Lexington says it is ready for the next round of wintry weather.

Lexington and areas south and east are under a winter weather advisory. Areas to the north of Lexington are under a winter storm warning.

"Areas along and north of Interstate 64 will see the highest snowfall with 2"-6" possible," said WKYT Chief Meteorologist Chris Bailey.

"Amounts to the south of the Interstate will be in the 1"- 4" range because of more rain at the start."

Lexington leaders held a news conference Friday afternoon before the wintry weather moved into the area.

"Lexington has endured more than its fair share of snow this winter," said Mayor Jim Gray.

"The city remains prepared with salt and personnel to treat major roadways and assist the public."

This week Council approved budget amendments to purchase additional salt. The city has 5,000 tons of salt on hand and 518 tons soon to be delivered. If necessary, an additional 1,800 tons of salt can be ordered under an existing contract.

Streets and Roads Director Albert Miller said crews began putting down salt on major roads Friday morning in anticipation of snow.

"We will be out there during rush hour and also the traffic, people need to realize that when traffic comes to a standstill our trucks are in that traffic too."

Crews will work 12-hour shifts throughout the weekend and the city is also staffing extra 911 dispatchers to answer any emergency calls.

Several school districts around the region, including Fayette County, dismissed classes early on Friday due to the storm threat.

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