Crews prep for winter storm

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati road crews will spend most of the day Wednesday preparing for a winter storm that's expected to hit the Tri-State on Thursday.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch from Thursday morning to Thursday evening for the entire Tri-State.

Crews will be making sure the trucks and plows are ready for the snow fall, but the challenge they're facing right now is the temperatures.

"You don't get the melting action with your chemicals in these temps like you do at higher temperatures," said Diane Watkins with Cincinnati Public Works. "A lot of the heavier snowfalls at higher temperatures are much easier to deal with because people know it's coming down. Little showers and these temperatures, you can create icy conditions on the roadways."

Crews in Northern Kentucky are also preparing for the storm.

"What the crews are doing (Monday) night and most likely until this Thursday is that they will be spraying the rock salt," said Nancy Wood with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. "As it's being sprayed and dispersed from the trucks, (it will mix) with the salt brine, which will help it activate a little bit more quickly. In this cold temp and help it stick to the roads a little bit better."

The main area of concentration will be the Covington's Cut-in-the-Hill.

"As we all know, the Cut-in-the-Hill is the one of the worst areas to navigate when we have winter weather," said Wood. "Well, Kentucky transportation officials say they have dedicated three snow plow trucks to that stretch of roadway."

At full force, the 11 counties in the Northern Kentucky region of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will have 119 trucks out battling 4,500 miles.

On both sides of the river, priority will be given to main roads, so officials ask for patience in waiting for crews to get to your neighborhood.

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