MAYSVILLE, Ky. — Mason County is under a Level 2 Now Emergency as roadways continue to deteriorate in the southeast parts of the Tri-State.
The county's emergency management announced drivers should only travel if necessary, saying residents are urged to contact their employer to see if they should report to work.
Bracken, Kenton and Campbell counties have issued a Level 1 Snow Emergency as well. Campbell County said its travel advisory due in part to a staffing shortage of plow crews. A Level One Snow Emergency means roadways are hazardous with blowing and/or drifting snow. It also advises drivers to use caution while on roadways.
Our forecast for the county was that they would see 1-2 inches of snow with possibly up to 3 inches in some spots.
Brown County is also under a Level 1 Snow Emergency, with the county's sheriff's office asking drivers to use caution. The county is the first in southwest Ohio to announce a travel advisory.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 is responsible for 1,800 lane miles of roadway and has 62 trucks available to clear roads in Northern Kentucky. Several of those trucks concentrate on I-75 and I-71 between Buttermilk Pike and the Brent Spence Bridge, including the "Cut in the Hill."
To prevent staffing issues due to COVID-19 cases, KYTC has hired interim crew members in case someone is sick. According to KYTC, 5% of their drivers are out with COVID-19.
The Ohio Department of Transportation said it has hired about three-fourths of the 500 seasonal drivers it would have in a typical year. Spokesperson Matt Bruning said staffing challenges have impacted major cities like Cincinnati, saying there is a potential it could take longer to complete routes this winter.