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Louisville Metro officials say roads will get 'better and better'

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Louisville Metro officials say roads will get “better and better” as the day goes on and into the night, though JCPS and Archdiocese of Louisville Catholic Schools have already cancelled school for Tuesday.

Governor Beshear declared a state of emergency for Kentucky as of Monday afternoon due to the snowstorm. That means everyone in Kentucky is asked to stay off the roads unless it is absolutely necessary.

In a press conference at 3:30 p.m., MetroSafe gave an update on snow conditions and preparations in the city.

Harold Adams, of Metro Public Works, said trucks are in the middle of a plowing run after they completed two salting runs through the morning.

Adams said the plowing will continue until 7 p.m. when the crews will change shifts and begin another run. Additional salting will be done with a salt/calcium chloride mix to melt the snow that accumulates after the plowing.

“You may look at a road and say it's covered, but it has been treated,” Adams said. “You will notice a change from this point forward.”

The mayor's office says the city has used 1,048 tons of salt, totaling $87,000. Adams says drivers should be able to tell that the roads have been treated during the morning commute Tuesday. 

Chief of Public Services Doug Hamilton said the accident rate on the roads remains above average.

"Right now, our injury accidents are 50 percent above our normal rate. Our non-injury accidents are 300 percent of our regular rate," Hamilton said. 

Hamilton said weather service briefing at three indicated the heaviest snow is over for the day, with much of the area having already seen from 6-11 inches.

He added the biggest concern for the next few days is going to be the cold. With lows in the single digits, “that's a big concern for us,” Hamilton said.

Emergency Management director Jody Duncan said with emergency services so busy, drivers involved in a non-injury accident are asked to fill out a report online. However, the Governor has asked that everyone remain off the roads unless it is absolutely necessary.

Duncan also warned of using additional heat generators inside the home as then can cause fires and carbon monoxide increases.

You are also asked to bring outside pets indoors, the Kentucky Humane Society has issued an orange flag advisory to house pets that need to be brought indoors.

If you must leave the house, MetroSafe recommends packing an emergency kit. For additional information on packing that kit, visit www.Ready.gov.

JCPS has said they will have three snow days to make up at this point, they will be made up Feb. 27, April 2 and April 3.

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