In advance of the anticipated ice and snow in Kentucky, The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has been taking steps to prepare roadways for late today and tonight.
According to Public Information Officer Keith Todd, they began laying down salt brine early this morning on roads in District 2, which includes Hopkinsville and Christian County and points northward.
Farther to the west in District 1, which covers Trigg County over to Paducah, they are not using liquid brine because the precipitation may begin as rain there before changing to a wintry mix as temperatures fall. Instead, they will begin laying down salt at/or just before the time that the precipitation begins.
Their biggest concerns are for the 93 mile stretch of I-24 which runs from the Tennessee/Kentucky border to Paducah which will have the most travel. Secondary roads along that stretch could be affected, as well.
They have also activated message boards along the interstates.
In Tennessee, Kathryn Schulte with the Tennessee Department of Transportation says that salt trucks are being loaded, and teams are on call tonight if the need arises for salting in northwest Middle Tennessee late today and tonight.