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State and Local Authorities Ready for Winter Storm

Reported by: Paris Lewbel
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Updated: 12/06/2013 9:50 am
Although there weren't any major weather-related incidents to report Friday morning, crews across the city and the state are making sure they're ready for the winter weather system expected in Central Kentucky.

Crews at the Emergency Management Operations Center in Frankfort are working around-the-clock after the storm was raised to a "Heightened Level 1 Event."

Staff at the Operations Center are staying in constant contact with the National Weather Service, and local first responders throughout the state. 

Officials suggest people stay home during this winter storm. They also say, if you have to go out, make sure you have fuel in your car, your cell phone is charged and have an emergency kit with blankets, food and water.

Emergency Management Assistant Director Charles O'Neal projects the winter and ice storm expected in the Bluegrass to rank as one of the worst in the last ten years.

Road crews in Lexington started their shifts at 4 a.m. on Friday morning. Friday morning at 4 a.m. Officials at Lexington's Division of Streets and Roads say crews are out on the roads, but they aren't putting down salt just yet. That's because of the continued heavy rain throughout the morning, they say that would cause the salt to wash away.

Public safety officials say they are concerned if the temperature drops below freezing, that could cause the wet roads to become very slick.

Stay with ABC 36 for the latest on the storm.
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