'Snow fighters' battle Mother Nature to keep you safe on Northern Kentucky roadways

CINCINNATI -- While it seemed like everyone across the Tri-State was enjoying Super Bowl Sunday from the comfort of a sofa or barstool, the self-labeled "snow fighters" in Northern Kentucky were prepping for another battle with Mother Nature.

On Sunday, while their friends and family were feasting on salted snacks and deep-fried foods, road crews were getting salt and calcium ready to treat city streets.

It's something the road crews and civic workers have gotten used to over the years, said Keith Shields, a salt truck driver for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in Boone County.

"We give up our Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day. Those are a lot more important to us than Super Bowl Sunday," he said. "We have to be out here, it's part of the job."

Shields said he and his co-workers will be out in force through Monday morning working 12-hour shifts to treat the streets as 2 to 4 inches of snow are expected to fall in some areas. 

Cincinnati crews will be performing similar tasks, as Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories are in effect until Monday at 10 a.m for parts of Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio. The recent stretch of cold temperatures and wintry precipitation in the region allowed the road crews to familiarize themselves with their assignments.

"Here in Boone County, we've pretty well got a truck designated to every route we have," he said. "All (the roads) are getting treated simultaneously."

Shields asked that drivers try to stay out of the way of trucks when possible so they have the space they need to make sure the roadways are safe.

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