Tennessee, Kentucky road crews prepare for Monday night snow

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Tennessee and Kentucky highway crews are getting ready for another round of winter weather that’s expected to bring 1 to 2 inches of snow across the region.

Winter weather is expected across much of the state and southern Kentucky beginning Monday night. Get the latest forecast at wkrn.com/forecast.

Metro Public Works in Nashville said it will be out in city streets around 7 p.m., a few hours before the snow is expected to fall in Davidson County.

There is some salt left over on many roads, according to the Tennessee Department of Transportation, and crews will be adding salt on roads that need more. Louis Pisarra, TDOT Operations Supervisor, said they’re starting with brine with a calcium mixture, that reacts with ice and snow.

“We can use it at any temperature down to 18 degrees,” said Pisarra. “Once the temperature goes below 18 degrees we switch to brine and calcium chloride, which works in lower temperatures. At zero degrees, we salt everything and wait for Mother Nature to work.”

Road crews in Kentucky plan to run as late Monday as possible until they reach their federally mandated 16-hour limit, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Individual counties plan to keep a small crew available overnight to handle emergencies. Full staffing will resume Tuesday morning.

Kentucky transportation officials also sent out an update early Monday that said interstates, parkways and highways were clear while secondary highways were still slick. One issue is snow and ice thawing and refreezing, leaving inches of ice on some roads. They also warn about drifting snow overnight because 10mph winds are expected to create some problems.

Before Friday’s winter weather, the department said it has over 229,000 tons of salt and more than 1.6 million gallons of salt brine ready for use.

When snow hits Tennessee, TDOT ice and snow removal teams focus first on clearing interstates and heavily traveled state routes and will specifically target areas vulnerable to freezing, such as hills, curves, ramps, bridges and interchanges. During prolonged weather events, crews may have to clear roadways repeatedly.

For winter weather tips and travel information, and a regional breakdown of TDOT winter weather supplies and equipment, click here to visit the TDOT website.

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