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City crews, people around Lexington prepare for winter weather

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Posted at 4:44 PM, Nov 11, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Lexington city workers and people around town were preparing for the weather to turn on Monday.

Temperatures are forecast to plummet overnight, and an inch to an inch and a half of snow is expected in central Kentucky.

“I don't look forward to the dangerous conditions of it, but I do look forward to the snow it's pretty, especially around Christmastime,” said Lexington resident Charles Starr.

“Technically, my husband and I are not prepared for the snow this season, except for the bundled up part; we've got that down,” said Lexington resident Jessica Perry.

This year, the Lexington Streets and Roads Department has some new tools to help them keep the roads safe. This fall, the city built a new salt barn that holds 7,000 tons of salt, that they previously said will help them work quicker and more efficiently.

While there shouldn't be much accumulation on the roads on Monday night, Lexington officials say this winter they're ready to debut a new process called "pre-wetting" the salt.

“What that does is it helps eliminate bounce or scatter and we're hoping to see anywhere from a 20 to 30% reduction in salt we're using. So that's an environmentally friendly innovation,” said Lexington Streets and Roads Director Rob Allen.

But we're told no innovation could outweigh the value of having a well-trained team that's ready to go when the first flake falls.