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Tri-State now under Winter Weather Advisory

Eric Graham, Switzerland County Eric Graham, Switzerland County
Kathleen Niece, Warsaw, Ky Kathleen Niece, Warsaw, Ky
(FOX19) -

The Tri-State is now under a Winter Weather Advisory until noon on Saturday.

All counties in the FOX19 viewing area are included in this advisory. It wasn't supposed to begin until 3 p.m., but the National Weather Service started it early as flurries began to fall.

The heaviest snow is expected to fall during the evening and early morning hours. Snow showers will continue into Saturday.

FOX19 Chief Meteorologist Steve Horstmeyer says ground temperatures remain above freezing and most of the snow that is falling Friday afternoon is melting on contact with concrete. Roadways should just be wet for the evening commute, with the snow sticking to grassy surfaces.

Steve says the latest models keep the temperature very near or just above freezing until after midnight and limits snow accumulation to around 1/2 inch.

Black ice could be a problem on Saturday morning as temperatures drop and the melted snow refreezes on untreated roadways.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says crews are prepared for the winter weather, and trucks are loaded and ready to go. The plan is to use a two shift crew so that trucks will be out continuously to treat roadways throughout the evening, overnight and into Saturday morning.

Cincinnati road crews have applied a protective layer of brine to city roadways. About 55 to 60 crews are gearing up for 12 hour shifts to battle the winter weather conditions.

Local snow plowing businesses are hoping for as much snow as possible to boost business. Upscale Lawncare in Cheviot says 30 percent of it's business is from snow removal and this year sales are already down about 20,000 dollars.

"Our bread and butter stuff to bring in money is commercial contracts and with the lack of snow right now that's really not happening," says owner Chris Gum.

A winter weather advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution
while driving.

The FOX19 Stormtracker team will be tracking the snow on FOX19 and on FOX19.com/weather. As always, send your weather pictures to pix@fox19.com.

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