LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - With that powerful winter storm heading our way, metro officials are gearing up to do their best to keep area roads clear.
Local schools are watching the latest developments closely. JCPS officials want parents to know the district could make a change in the school day without snow or ice on the ground.
With up to six inches expected Thursday, metro crews are getting the roads ready.
"They are starting to get out and do the brine routes," said Lindsay English, a spokeswoman for the mayor's office. "They are gonna cover about 922 miles."
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet road crews in Louisville and the surrounding counties are also pre-treating interstates and other roadways with brine.
"We hope to finish brining early this evening maybe by sundown and then have everyone go home and get a good night's rest because we know it could be a very long day tomorrow," said Andrea Clifford, Spokeswoman for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
The goal is to prevent the snow from bonding to the pavement, making it easier for the crews to plow off the roadways Thursday.
"You'll see those little pin-stripes on the ground, the brine solution that's being laid down," said English. "When the snow falls and the moisture hits the roads it reacts with that solution, it creates a liquid salt on the roads to keep them safe and from getting too slick."
With the Louisville area under a winter storm watch, the heaviest snowfall is expected in the afternoon.
The big question is what JCPS plans on doing tomorrow?
"If it's dry in the morning and they say we aren't going to get snow till 1:00 or 2:00 then we will try to get most of the day in," said Rick Caple, JCPS transportation director.
Caple says parents should be aware that school could dismiss early on Thursday because of the forecast.
"I think we're not going to make anything before 4:30 -5:00 in the morning, to see the latest as possible," said Caple. "We get five or six inches tomorrow afternoon then we might make a decision tomorrow night about Friday."
JCPS has so far canceled four days of school in this school period.
Metro crews have used 28,000 tons of salt this winter season, about four times the normal level for this time of year.
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