Transportation Cabinet Prepares for Heavy Snow

By: Rachel Collier Email
By: Rachel Collier Email

With winter weather moving in, road preparations have begun. Rachel Collier shows how The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet depends on WBKO's weather forecasts to know when to start treating roads. When the snow hits, the trucks hit the road with salt and brine. Our forecasters say, get ready, because this snowstorm could bring a lot of precipitation. Trucks are loaded up with salt and now ready to hit the roads.

"We'll follow the forecast, I think Wednesday it's supposed to be pretty weather, and then it's going to rain and then change into snow so when the first flake hits we'll be there," said Paul Keith, with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Keith says it's important for the Transportation Cabinet to stay tuned in with the local forecasts to know when winter weather is coming.

And WBKO's Shane Holinde says this system coming in could be a beast.

"It's still a little early to talk exact amounts here but this could be our heaviest snowfall I think for Bowling Green in potentially 14 years."

Shane says this storm is coming from the south, which means it's packed with potential precipitation.

And rain Wednesday will also impacts the transportation cabinet's job to prep the roads for snow.

"The brine that we normally put down on the roads as an anti-icing agent we would like to do that tomorrow, but if we're going to get some rain, then we probably won't put it down because the rain will wash it off the road basically," said Keirten Jaggers, with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Whether it's a few flakes or a snow storm Jaggers says the Transportation Cabinet has been prepared for months.

"Granted if the weather calls for an inch or two or three or four, we get it ready as if it were calling for two feet of snow," said Jaggers.

Jaggers says stay calm if your roads aren't clear.

"They have to understand, by law, we have to clear the "A" routes first, and I just ask them to be patient if it's snowing and it keeps snowing, because you know, I'd love to put a tarp over the entire district, but that's not going to happen," joked Jaggers.

The snow headed our way could be pretty heavy. "It's been a long long time since we've had a really substantial snow such as this," said Shane.

The Transportation Cabinet reminds drivers to keep your speed down even if the roads look clear there are always those slick spots out there.


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