Louisville Metro Snow Team ready for first snow event of season

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The National Weather Service forecasts that the Louisville Metro area will receive up to one inch of snow. The majority of snow fall is expected to occur between 12 a.m. through 5 a.m.

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The multi-agency Snow Team comprised of personnel and equipment from Metro Public Works’ Road Operations and Solid Waste Management Divisions, among others is ready and has deployed pre-incident planning operations.

“Our Department and partner agencies are prepared to handle the snowfall. As it is standard operational procedure, shifts have been planned for the duration of the event to minimize its impact, and keep our roadways in safe driving conditions,” Public Works Director, Vanessa Burns said.

Drivers are encouraged to give themselves extra commute time and to watch for plows on the roadway. Motorists should slow down, buckle up and maintain a “space cushion” between vehicles to ensure maneuverability.

The Louisville Metro Snow Teams offers a few tips for those driving in the snow.

Cold Weather Driving Tips (AAA)
· Keep a bundle of cold-weather gear in your car, such as extra food and water, warm clothing, a flashlight, a glass scraper, blankets, medications, and more.
· Make certain your tires are properly inflated and have plenty of tread.
· Keep at least half a tank of fuel in your vehicle at all times.
· Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
· Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface, such as on ice and snow.
Tips for Driving in the Snow (AAA)
· Stay home. Only go out if necessary. Even if you can drive well in bad weather, it’s better to avoid taking unnecessary risks by venturing out.
· Drive slowly. Always adjust your speed down to account for lower traction when driving on snow or ice.
· Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Apply the gas slowly to regain traction and avoid skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry and take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
· Increase your following distance to five to six seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
· Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.

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