TRI-STATE (WFIE) - Freezing rain could lead to significant ice accumulation, especially in Western Kentucky.
We spoke with Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials Tuesday about their roadwork prep for more frigid weather.
Keirsten Jaggers with KYTC says crews are preparing for a quarter to a half inch of ice on roads between now and Thursday.
Crews have been laying a special brine on the roads that is effective in colder conditions.
Jaggers says they’re doing all they can to monitor and keep roads clear, but sometimes it’s safest is to just stay home.
“I think people think we can magically make it go away, you know? They’re going to be checking and working on it, but at a certain point, you just can’t go because it’s so slick outside, and there’s nothing we can do because it’s so cold,” said Jaggers.
She says drivers should keep in mind the possibility of falling trees and branches blocking roads.
They should also be alert for slow-moving trucks treating bridges, overpasses, and other potential trouble spots.
Daviess County officials say they have their salt supply ready.
McLean County Schools say they will be virtual Wednesday due to weather.
Road crews across the southern portion of western Kentucky, including Ohio County, are on standby in case of inclement weather.
After talking to county leaders, we are learning most of the road department workers were allowed to go home early. This is so that they can prepare their homes and families for any winter weather and be ready to hit the roads at sunrise.
This includes spreading salt and putting plows on trucks.
The Ohio County road department is responsible for more than 600 miles of county road and at least half a dozen trucks are expected to be out clearing them in case they’re covered. County leaders say the plan is to start with intersections and hills.
“We still have some of the large trucks as well, but we’re focusing more on using the smaller vehicles,” said Ohio County Judge-Executive David Johnston. “They do a better job of getting in close spaces.”
14 News also found many people out getting groceries.
Inside Hartford’s Hometown IGA, shoppers were stocking up on supplies in case they get stuck at home.
“Oh, yeah. Definitely. I mean any time they forecast, if it’s a credible amount of snow or ice, that’s going to get them in,” explained Mike Wright.
Store leaders say they noticed more shoppers throughout the day, like Sarah Beth Cole, who was there to grab some bread, milk and eggs.
She and so many others recall the ice storm of 2009 and want to be ready.
“We weren’t prepared. As a community, we had the opportunity to see all of the people come to the table and make a great plan very quickly and take care of everything everybody needed,” said Sarah. “At that point, we hadn’t had to address anything like that, but we quickly did and we all survived it. We learned a lot through the process, and we’re better prepared now.”
In case of a power outage, non-perishable food is recommended, but food can stay frozen 24 to 36 hours if the refrigerator or freezer door stays closed.
You could add some snow and ice from outside if it starts to thaw.
Jeff Lyons was also live in the 14 News Now studio at 8:30 p.m. He gave an update on what to expect overnight.
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