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Road crews prepare for wintry weather

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - With snow and ice both in the forecast road crews and emergency managers are facing a big challenge.

In Lexington city leaders spent the day going over their game plan once the wintry weather arrives.

There is a long line of salt trucks, waiting, and depending on what happens over the next two days every one of those trucks could be on the road.

Rob Allen is with the streets and roads department. Allen says, "You've got essentially two storm systems converging on the Midwest and we need to see how we fall out on those models."

For the manager of Lexington's stress and roads department, this weekend could be a long one. The rain we had today means they can't even begin treating the roads until that storm gets here.

"If you put down salt brine it just gets washed away immediately. Even with rock salt, it dilutes it or washes it away."

At the division of emergency management they're prepared to spend the weekend at their emergency operations center, and suggest everyone else spend the weekend at home.

Pat Dugger says, "Go to the grocery store, get some basic things you might need, fuel your car up so that if you had to go somewhere you have that ability, just be planned to have a nice weekend at home."

The potential for snow and ice weeks before Christmas has these organizers preparing weeks earlier than they're used to.

"Usually we don't get this kind of weather until after the first of the year, second week of January or later, so it's unusual but it's not totally unheard of."

Dugger says if we do get ice this weekend they don't expect it to be anything like the storms we had in 2009 and 2003.

Dugger also says families should take this time to prepare a family emergency plan.

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