Central Kentucky counties deal with winter weather

Published: Jan. 12, 2018 at 12:43 PM EST
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Emergency crews in Central Kentucky were preparing for severe winter Friday morning.

The emergency management director and the sheriff in Boyle County say events like this present a number of challenges.

The sheriff says weather really changes the work day for them. They are sending their office staff home early and advising others to stay home unless they have to be out.

The emergency management director says the fact that it might be an ice event first, then snow later, could cause a lot of problems for drivers.

"If we were just going to have 3 to 4 inches of snow, and that was it, we would not be as near as concerned," said Boyle County Emergency Management Director Mike Wilder. "When you throw that ice in, even up to an inch to a quarter of an inch of ice, can cause some real issues on the road."

In Scott County crews are expecting rain to begin transitioning to ice. Because of all the rain Friday morning, road crews were not able to pre-treat the roadways, but they were busy getting the trucks loaded with salt and making sure everything is good to go so they can hit the roads once the switch over begins.

Even though the schools in the county were closed for the day, the timing of when this system could be at its worst is concerning for road officials.

"When everybody is going home, we don't want a bunch of people on the roadways when this ice hits because it's a nightmare, ice is," said Scott County Road Supervisor J.R. Brandenburg. "We are going to be ready, got all my guys here."

Brandenburg's biggest piece of advice was to get home as soon as you can and if possible stay off the roadways through Saturday.