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Bitterly cold temps preventing Kentucky road crews from brining ahead of expected snow

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Crews across the area are preparing city roads and interstates for snow expected to hit early Wednesday -- but today's cold temperatures are actually preventing state crews from treating major roadways.

At the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, officials say spraying brine today could actually make things worse. Crews say with temperatures in the teens and single digit wind chills, it's too cold to spray the interstates.

We did, however, catch a truck with Louisville Metro Public Works out treating roads in advance.

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State officials say the main focus right now is to fuel up trucks and check the plows. They'll also be checking with the National Weather Service this afternoon to decide what time to bring crews in.

Officials explained why they can't treat those highways just yet.

"When it's below about 26, we don't spray brine," said Andrea Clifford of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. "Louisville Metro may be spraying some. They have an additive in theirs that allows them to go down to colder temperatures, but that's not something that the state uses. So when it's this cold, we don't spray brine because of the concern that it could freeze on the roadway and cause us slick spots."

As far as salting the interstates, that's something the Cabinet waits to do until the snow actually starts to fall -- but not to worry: crews are prepared.

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