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Highway officials fight the first snow

By: Samantha Saracino Email
By: Samantha Saracino Email

It was a winter wonderland in many areas across the bluegrass this weekend. Eastern Kentucky was no different. The mountains got hit with a few inches of snow and highway crews were out around the clock making sure the roads were safe.

This is what most roads looked like in Eastern Kentucky after the first snow of the season.

"When the storm finally came through it came down real heavy and real quick. It wasn't too bad. It could have been worse," said Garland Rogers, a Superintendent one for District 12 Transportation Cabinet.

Floyd County highway officials say their crews hit the road at around 5 a.m. Saturday to start fighting the ice; hitting the main roads first and finishing with the side roads.

"It went from wet pavement to a couple inches of snow within a matter of two hours or so," said Adam Brown, an operator for the department.

But despite the speedy snowflakes, officials say they were ready.

"All of our guys worked, I mean, it's something we're really prepared for. We know around this time every year it's going to happen," Brown said.

Now that the snow has slowed down, highway crews have one goal in mind...clear roads.

"When the storm's over we make sure we have black pavement when we leave. If it's not black pavement we try to stay and make sure that's what we got," Rogers explained.

Highway officials say they will be out until Monday morning to make sure all of the slick spots that accumulate overnight are taken care of.

Officials say once the roads are completely clear, they will clean their equipment and gear up for the next snow storm.


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