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Forecasted Saturday snow storm sends shoppers scrambling, crews salting

Posted at 12:42 PM, Jan 11, 2019

CINCINNATI -- When snow approaches in Cincinnati, Kroger becomes the most popular spot in town. Shelves and freezers stood empty or near-empty of milk, bread and potatoes Friday night as shoppers in the city and Northern Kentucky braced for a forecasted Saturday snowfall of between 3 and 5 inches.

“I knew that I needed to come, and I was kind of dreading it," shopper Lisa Miller said.

Cincinnati Department of Public Services crews started work at 7 p.m. Friday and will work on 12-hour shifts through the weekend to keep roadways safe and passable. Officials encouraged residents to use off-street parking so crews can treat roads.

In Northern Kentucky, crews prepared 133 trucks to take care of the state roads. Of those trucks, 70 are devoted to Boone, Campbell and Kenton Counties.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokeswoman Nancy Wood said some crews focus specifically on Interstate 71/75 at the Cut in the Hill.

"We have three trucks that their sole purpose is working on that six-mile section of the Cut in the Hill from the Brent Spence Bridge to Buttermilk,” Wood said.

A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for most of the Tri-State from 4 a.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday.

Cincinnati residents can see where snow plows are throughout the city through the City of Cincinnati’s Snow Plow Tracker. Northern Kentucky residents can click here to see when crews will clear their roads.

Cincinnati residents can report urgent matters and requests by calling 513-591-6000 or through the Fix it Cincy! app.