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City prepares for Super Bowl storm, Mayor says

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) -- It should easy to get to Super Bowl parties Sunday night, but getting home might be a little harder, said Mayor Jim Gray, who urged citizens to be cautious on the roads tonight because of the snow forecasters say is headed for Lexington.

"Root for the Seahawks, root for the Broncos, but first of all be safe," Gray said.

Meteorologist Jim Caldwell is saying the snow will begin during the game and continue until about 3 a.m. Monday. The snow bands could produce 1" to 3" of snow per hour. The final totals ranging from as low as one inch in the south to 10" or even more in isolated locations along the eastern sections of I-64.

"This is intended to inform and alert our citizens," Gray said. "The goal for the city is good management, good preparation."

Gray said the city will be prepared. "Road crews, police, fire … we're ready," the Mayor said.

Streets and Roads Director Albert Miller said his crews are ready to start salting. Going forward, crews will work on 12-hour shifts as needed.

Police Chief Ronnie Bastin said extra personnel will be called in if necessary. Police officers will be looking for stranded citizens on foot or in vehicles and will give special attention to the interstates.

Communications personnel are prepared for an increase in calls for service.

Monday's solid waste and recycling collection will go on as scheduled. If your pick up is missed, please call 3-1-1.


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