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Crews prepare for upcoming winter weather

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A winter storm watch was issued Tuesday afternoon for most of the Tri-State. A winter storm watch was issued Tuesday afternoon for most of the Tri-State.

Kentucky road crews say they are ready if they're called out to treat the roads this week. 

Crews spent the day making brine and restocking storage tanks across the 11-county district. They make brine by running water through a generator where it dissolves salt to create the solution.

Crews stay ahead of the storm by spraying brine on roadways where it dries and leaves a fine salt powder that's activated as snow lands on it.

They are also checking plows and salt handling equipment so they can be ready for whatever comes our way Thursday and Friday.

14 News meteorologists say waves of moisture will move in Thursday and Friday, interacting with arctic air that will be streaming in from the northwest. Thursday should just be a cold rain day, with a wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain likely overnight. 

They say some of the latest data is holding back on the transition to snow on Friday, meaning sleet and freezing rain could linger longer into Friday before the switch. They have not forecasted accumulation amounts at this time because of the high uncertainty with the transition timing.  

They say winter weather is highly likely late Thursday night and into Friday. No matter what amount of ice, snow, or sleet we see, travel will be impacted on Friday.

14 News wants you to be ready. When severe winter weather threatens, you can track the storms on 14news.com and by downloading our 14 First Alert App for your smart-phone. No matter where you are, you can see an hour by hour forecast, as well as the radar. You can get it at your app store.

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