Central Kentucky braces for winter storm

Published: Jan. 11, 2019 at 11:16 PM EST
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Road crews across central Kentucky are busy preparing ahead of a winter storm.

Snow is expected to move into the area late Friday evening through Saturday morning.

Dry weather the past couple of days has allowed road crews the chance to pre-treat many roads with brine. Officials call it a cheap and long-lasting option.

"It certainly can last for several days and we want to always pretreat when it's not raining and there's not moisture," said Natasha Lacy, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 7.

Rob Allen from Lexington Streets & Roads added, "of course, if we can prevent one accident, it's well worth it and it kind of equals the cost."

In neighboring Scott County, the road department has plenty of salt on-hand. Officials said their trucks are ready to roll to keep nearly 300 miles of county roads clear.

"We've prepared as well as we can. We'll have 16 trucks road ready here if it hits and we're just going to monitor it throughout the night," said J.R. Brandenburg, Dir. of Roads & Maintenance, Scott County.

Drivers are also bracing for what's to come. Some are even looking forward to it.

"Getting gas first of all, and then we'll probably just make sure everything's buttoned up around the house and inside and that's about it. It's a good thing it's on the weekend so it will be nice to get snowed in," said Ben Brown who lives in Lexington.

Kentuckians said they are ready to put their winter driving skills to the test and stay safe in the snow and ice.

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