Road crews ready for white Christmas

LOUISVILLE, KY - (WAVE) With Indiana and Kentucky under a winter weather advisory, road crews are ready to battle an expected white Christmas on major highways.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet employees are working Christmas eve and Christmas day to keep highways cleared of snow and ice.

As of 9:30 Friday night, major Metro Louisville roads as well as downtown streets were wet and partially snow covered.

"No matter the day of the week or the hour of the night, our crews are dedicated to the safety of the motoring public, even if it means working on Christmas," said Matt Bullock, Chief District Engineer for District 5, which includes the Louisville area.

Shortly after the snowfall began Friday evening, crews were out salting major roadways in Louisville.  As of Friday night, crews have treated more than 200 miles of roadways, using more than 90 tons of salt.

"Operations will continue throughout the duration of the winter weather event and beyond to have roadways in the best possible conditions for holiday travelers," Bullock said in a release.

State road crews pretreated interstate highways and other major roads with brine on Thursday.

Drivers traveling through Kentucky can get the latest up-to-date information on road conditions by calling 5-1-1.

Louisville Metro Public Works employees are "on standby and ready to go when flakes start for salting," said Lindsay English, with Mayor Jerry Abramson's office.  English says crews have already spread brine on more than 900 miles of roads in Jefferson County in preparations for the expected snowfall.

WAVE 3 meteorologist Brian Goode is predicting accumulations of 1 to 3 inches in the Louisville metro area, with lower amounts south of Louisville.   Goode says snow should begin falling after sunset Friday and continue overnight, ending by early afternoon Saturday.

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