BREAKING NEWS: Road crews prepare for winter storm

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By Robin Bass

State and local road crews are preparing for the season's first ice storm as a wintry front heads toward Spencer and neighboring counties today.

"We're ready for snow, ice or whatever," said Collis Rogers, Spencer County road supervisor.

Rogers said his crew of nine employees are prepared to be called out at a moments notice if road conditions worsen with falling temperatures. Their plan of action would be to spread cinders across 200 miles of county-maintained roads.

As for state roads, including KY 55, 155 and 44, road conditions will be continuously monitored throughout the day by Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) road crews.

"Our crews are prepared to work around the clock to keep roads in the best possible condition," said Joe Prather, transportation secretary. "We advise motorists to pay close attention to developing conditions and to try to avoid driving when roads get treacherous."

Around noon today, trucks in western Kentucky were mobilized to combat the snow and ice as the storm moved into the state.

Maintenance personnel in the Louisville area have been loading their trucks with salt in preparation for the freezing rain, sleet and snow that has been predicted, said Andrea Clifford, KYTC spokesperson. 

"State forces will monitor roadways and treat with salt as necessary during the afternoon, evening and overnight hours," said Clifford.

Weather forecasts predict that the bulk of the ice and snow will hit roadways during the early morning hours on Tuesday.

School closings

Spencer County Superintendent Chuck Adams said that it's too soon to tell whether local schools will be affected by the wintry weather – but any amount of ice would make the district consider delaying or calling off school Tuesday morning.

"You just don't fool around with ice," said Adams.

At this point, Adams said would not predict whether school would be let out early, but advised that parents should keep a watch on the situation.

In the event school is let out early, parents will be notified by one of several means, including: e-mail list serves, by the media or on the school district website at www.spencer.k12.ky.us.

Check back with spencermagnet.com for updates as they become available.