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City, state crews prepare for another winter storm

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LOUISVILLE (WKOW) -- Metro Louisville officials say they have been prepping the roads ahead of Tuesday's expected winter storm. The Public Works Department says this will be the 13th weather event crews have faced this season, so drivers have already been tried and tested.

The city says 160 snow fleet trucks are ready to tackle icy conditions.

"Every truck will have a set of snow chains in it, so if we do get icing, they can switch over and put the chains on," Greg Hicks, of Metro Public Work's Snow Team said. "We have plenty of material, we have salt on hand."

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials say crews have been moving salt into the counties that were running low on supplies. The state plans on putting a full staff and contract crews on the roads for Tuesday's storm.

"We'll have people in through the night and also have people on staff in the morning to make sure rush hour in the morning is also covered," Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Engineering Branch Manager Tom Wright said.

In Indiana, INDOT also prepared to do a full call out, which means 800 plow trucks on alternating 12 hour shifts.

Ice is not only dangerous on the roads because of accidents, Emergency Management officials in Louisville say one of their biggest concerns with an ice storm is that it can pull branches down into the power lines.

LG&E says it's not expecting widespread outages, but additional resources will be used if necessary.

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