Snow crews prepare for more

By: Samantha Saracino Email
By: Samantha Saracino Email

Snow hit the mountains on Saturday and some road crews were still out on Sunday trying to clean up and prepare for more snow to come.

This is what conditions were like in most areas of the mountains on Saturday, leaving areas like Letcher County with up to 11 inches of snow in some places along with some extremely low temperatures.

"When the temperature goes down in the teens, it just slows everything down and takes twice as long to clean up," said Charles Holbrook, the Letcher County Garage Superintendent.

"It just makes it harder because you have to wait for the calcium to work and your salt to work," said Ryan Fugate, a snow plow driver.

The Letcher County snow crews continue working, even though the snow has stopped. Officials say they are focusing on the secondary roads, the ones that are usually the hardest to clear.

"Traffic compacts it down before we can get there or if we've been there, more snow lays on top of it and packs it down. It makes it harder to plow so you've got to salt it and take it off in layers," said Holbrook.

Officials say the sun has helped get their job done quicker this time, but they know more snow is likely on the way.

"I like snow but sometimes you need a little break in between them I guess," said Fugate.

"Make sure all the trucks are in order. Try to get more salt in. Make sure we have calcium. Just trying to get ready for the next one," Holbrook explained.

Letcher County was one of the areas in Eastern Kentucky that got the most snow this weekend.


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