Road Crews Ready For Winter Storm

By Kristin Martin | 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is ready for whatever conditions the winter storm will bring.

Because it rained most of Sunday, pre-treating the roads would not have been effective.

So all crews are on stand-by to plow or salt roads when needed.

If the roads get below 20 degrees, there's a chance salt won't work.

However, road crews here mix salt with calcium, which gives them a few more degrees to work with.

"Road temperature depends upon several different things -- traffic volume being one, the amount of sunlight it gets during the day, if the road is already covered in snow or ice and things like that. So just because the temperature outside is below freezing doesn't necessarily mean the road temperature is below freezing or vice versa," said Wes Watt, the public information officer at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 3.

He said to leave plenty of space between you and other cars so you'll have time to react if you hit black ice.

Also, he reminded to use caution going over bridges and overpasses because they freeze first.

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