BATTLING NATURE

BATTLING NATURE -- In this file photo, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet trucks plow snow and ice from area roads.

With weather forecasters calling for some snow accumulation from late Friday into early Saturday, highway crews throughout the are preparing to tackle the white stuff.

In northern Kentucky, snow and ice removal crews reported to work at 2 p.m., in anticipation of the precipitation, officials said.

In Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 9, crews will be called out as needed, according to a social media posting by the district.

"Some snow could impact the Ohio River valley tonight ... we'll be watching and will call out crews if necessary," the post states.

Some accumulation was predicted for Friday afternoon/evening, officials said. 

"Always be mindful of the potential for slick spots on roadways, especially overpasses and bridges are possible," District 9 spokesperson Nancy Wood said. "Remember to take it slow in the snow!"

Despite their efforts, roads can remain slick, even after treated, Wood said

"We would like to remind folks that the anti-icing agents that we use (salt, brine and calcium chloride) are agents to assist in treating roadways during winter snow and ice events. They can only do so much," she said. "Other variables such as pavement temperature, air temperature, intensity of the storm and timing of the storm also factor in. Please note the highlighted information at the bottom of the page on ways motorists can be safe and prepared."

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinethas a webpage just for snow and ice information. The public can visit http://snowky.ky.gov to learn more about priority routes, access helpful winter weather tips and fact sheets and view informational videos on salt application and snow removal.

In the event of snow, officials offer some tips to be prepared:

-- Put yourself in emergency mode.

-- Pay attention to weather advisories. Weather will impact your commute on some level.

-- Travel only as necessary during major snow events. It’s better to be stuck at home than to be stuck on the road.

-- Maintain a safe distance from snowplows and other heavy highway equipment.

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--Do not pass snowplows on the shoulder.

-- Allow time for a slower commute.

-- Winterize vehicles.

-- Supply vehicles with blankets, flashlight and an emergency supply kit.

-- Eliminate distractions (e.g. operating phone and eating) while driving.

-- Cooperate with the expectations of the Quick Clearance law, which requires drivers to move vehicles to the shoulder in the event of a non-injury crash.

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