With snow cleared, Louisville preps for frigid temperatures - WDRB 41 Louisville News

With snow cleared, Louisville preps for frigid temperatures

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville city leaders gathered to discuss their response to the season's first snow event Monday and made plans for Monday night when the temperatures are set to drop.

Officials said they used 1,800 tons of the 40,000 tons salt they have on hand during the recent snow. Crews started salting just after midnight Monday morning and will continue to salt into Tuesday morning.

Metrosafe reported at least one serious accident Monday.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says calcium chloride was added to the salt in the second pass because of the dropping temperatures.

"We will drive the routes," said Jeff Brown, Louisville's snow team leader. "Chances are we will be salting everything at least one time, and then monitor the routes with the trucks and hit the hot spots and overpasses."

The Clark County Highway Department said it has used about 80 tons of salt so far. About 15 of its trucks have been out since 3:30 a.m. Monday. They expect to be checking the roads for a few more hours.

Trimarc Operations Supervisor John Butts said crews spend 12 hours a day watching nearly 100 cameras.

"Our cameras are outfitted with heaters because they too can be affected by the snow hopefully it hits the dome and the water melts off and we'll have a good picture," Butts said.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said crews in Jefferson, Bullitt, and Oldham counties went home at 4 p.m. Monday.

If re-freezing becomes an issue, some drivers could be called back in for spot treating. But crews in Franklin, Henry, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble counties will stay around overnight, to help with drifting snow thanks to the high winds.

All three shelters in Louisville are under white flag warnings so no one will be turned away.

They'll be open at St. Vincent de Paul, Wayside Christian Mission and The Salvation Army.

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