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State highway crews prepare for snow Friday and into weekend

In Local, News by OC Monitor Staff

MADISONVILLE, Ky. — A winter storm will impact much of the area starting late Friday afternoon and continuing into the weekend.

While it seems most of the winter mix and snow will go north of our counties, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Crews in District 2 are preparing for accumulations which could impact travel, particularly along the Ohio River border counties and the northern part of the district.

At this time, the forecast calls for light snow moving into KYTC District 2 counties with the westernmost counties starting to see winter precipitation around 6 p.m. Friday. A winter mix followed by snow is expected to trail off to a snow/rain mix, then to rain sometime after midnight, Friday. There is an additional chance for snow Saturday night and Sunday.

The forecast indicates 2 to 3 inches of snow accumulation along the Ohio River border counties diminishing to about 1 inch accumulation along the southern portion of the district.

At this time, the District 2 Snow & Ice Team plans to have crews pre-treat major routes through the day Friday with an emphasis on Interstates, parkways and U.S. Highways. Crews will attempt to pre-treat bridges, overpasses, and other potential trouble spots on secondary routes.

Motorists should be alert for trucks out spraying brine during the day on Friday. Crews will also be on alert Friday night with trucks loaded and ready to roll out on short notice as the winter storm develops. The KYTC District 2 Snow & Ice Team will continue to carefully monitor development of this winter weather event to direct response efforts and offer travel condition updates as required.

The KYTC encourages travelers to closely monitor the National Weather Service and area news media outlets for regular weather updates. Those planning to travel into Indiana, Illinois and Missouri should be especially aware of this developing weather system due to the potential for significant snow and ice accumulations in states to the north and west of our Kentucky counties.

Some modification in snow accumulations is still possible, so continue to monitor later forecasts from the NWS and area media outlets.

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