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Lexington officials preparing for winter weather forecast for Central Kentucky Friday and Saturday

Lexington is ready for the winter weather forecasted for Friday and Saturday.

“The forecasters have warned us, and we’re listening,” Mayor Jim Gray said. “Our trucks and street crews are ready, and our salt barn is full. If the weather is bad, we know Lexington citizens will reach out and help their neighbors. We’re ready.”

In order to finish their Friday collections before the bad weather’s arrival, Waste Management will start their routes one hour earlier than normal.

Larry Carrier, a mechanic with the Division of Streets and Roads, realigned a light on a city snow plow on Thursday (Photo provided)

Snow removal crews from the city’s divisions of Streets & Roads and Water Quality will work most of Friday, and then start working 12-hour shifts Friday night at 8 p.m. More than 50 drivers will work the event – half from 8 p.m. until 8 a.m. and the other half from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Supervisors and support staff will also work 12-hour shifts. The city’s Fleet Services division will remain open 24-hours in case snow removal equipment needs servicing.

The city currently has 6,000 tons of salt on hand.

City crews and designated contractors will begin performing sidewalk snow removal for city maintained sidewalk areas once the snow has ended. Park crews will perform snow removal operations for opened park facilities and Lextran bus stops on park property throughout the snow event.

Lexington Emergency Management continues to work with the National Weather Service to monitor the winter storm forecast and assess the impacts to Fayette County. Depending on the severity of the storm, the emergency operations center may be partially or fully activated to coordinate response and recovery efforts.

Citizens can view traffic at major intersections in real time through the city’s traffic cameras at lexingtonky.gov. The city encourages individuals to participate in social media discussions by using #LexKySnow on Twitter and Facebook.

From City of Lexington

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