Road and power crews getting ready for possible winter storm

By: Melissa Etezadi Email
By: Melissa Etezadi Email

Many people across Kentucky are getting ready for a possible winter storm, which is forecast to hit the state this weekend.

A heavy, wet snow could make driving difficult and even bring down trees and power lines.

"We will be monitoring the weather, to see where the heaviest precipitation is," Nick Comer of East Kentucky Power said.

Officials with East Kentucky Power, a cooperative of Kentucky's Touchstone Energy, tell us they have people on standby 24 hours a day year-round, for situations just like this.

"Heavy, wet snow can weigh down power lines, can cause problems, lines to snap, get into trees," Comer said. "So we'll be keeping our eyes out for those kind of problems and be ready to go."

Road crews throughout the region tell us they're prepared as well.

In Lexington, streets and roads officials tell us they plan to start pre-treating roads at 4 a.m. Saturday. They also say their crews will be on standby.

Lexington officials also say they have already stocked up on salt and other chemicals for the road.

Officials with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet say they're ready too. They have extra crews on standby, if needed.

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