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Tri-State road crews prepare for winter weather

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19)  - Cincinnati Public Works crews spent Thursday evening gearing up for a long night ahead. Operators started their shifts at 7p.m. by first checking their trucks, loading them with brine or salt, and then mentally preparing for 12-hour shifts.

Crews said Thursday's top priority was getting the pre-treatment down before the freezing rain hits.

"The pre-treatment was designed with the thought of freezing rain in mind," said Cincinnati Public Services Spokesman Larry Whitaker. "To keep it. To melt that freezing rain as it hits the ground. To keep that from getting too slick."

Across the bridge, a spokesperson for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said 56 trucks are packed and poised to hit state highways throughout Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties.

Road crews aren't the only ones stocking up. Managers at Home Depot in Columbia Township said they helped a steady stream of shoppers all day.

"I'm here because I expect there to be 4-8 inches of snow and I need a new shovel," said shopper Malachi Lawrence. "So I came to buy a shovel. Bring it on!"

Home Depot managers said they received a large shipment of salt Thursday afternoon, just in time for the winter weather.

"I mean people are pretty trained here," Home Depot Garden Manager Mike Manfredi. "They know that if they get some serious snow that most places will run out, so we get a lot of early birds and that's what we're seeing today."

Roads crews said they're expecting the unexpected, and want drivers to do the same.

"Especially if you're going over the overpasses and elevated roadways," said Whitaker. "You can get black ice. Be careful, be alert. Drive smart."

Crews also offered another reminder: if you find yourself driving behind a snow plow, they say don't follow it too closely, and don't pass it. Crews said you're likely to find the road in front of the plow much worse than the road behind it.


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