E. Ky. road crews prepare for winter weather

WHITESBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - Communities across Eastern Kentucky braced for ice and snow forecast Tuesday night.

Letcher County road crews performed last-minute preparations on plow trucks likely to be called into service.

"We've pretty well got everything ready. Got our spreaders on, got our blades on," Letcher County Judge Executive Jim Ward said Tuesday.

More workers stood on standby, ready to jump into action if the roads became slick with snow.

"You know down in the valleys, we're looking at three inches, up to 10 inches up on Pine Mountain," Ward said.

During what is predicted to be the first big winter storm of the season, local law enforcement officials say people should stay off the roads as much as possible, and if they do need to head out, they should slow down and drive carefully.

"If you get out there and you get stuck, that means somebody's got to come to you to help you, so you're putting yourselves in danger and you're putting an officer in danger as well," said Letcher County Sheriff's Deputy Eugene Slone.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Judge Ward said he hopes the snowfall will not keep workers from their families for too long.

"You know hopefully we'll just get enough that we can come out, clear the roads tomorrow and go home," he said.

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