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Emergency crews keep close eyes on incoming weather

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Out of the 6,750 miles of roads estimated inside city limits, 300 will be treated in the case of wintry weather. Out of the 6,750 miles of roads estimated inside city limits, 300 will be treated in the case of wintry weather.
Sand and salt? Crews are ready to mobilize with 16 trucks equipped. Sand and salt? Crews are ready to mobilize with 16 trucks equipped.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - With a busy weekend ahead, and the threat of wintry weather in the air, the Shelby County Office of Preparedness is keeping a close eye on the conditions.

"I'm hopeful based on the ground temperature that there won't be an impact on most of the streets," added Robert Knecht with Shelby County Public Works.

Out of the 6,750 miles of roads estimated inside city limits, 300 will be treated in the case of wintry weather. It is doubtful the roads will be pre-treated with brine because rain is expected before anything else.

But sand and salt? Crews are ready to mobilize.

"We'll put the trucks into the field once we feel that there's a probability that there's going to be some frozen precipitation occurring," said Knecht.

Bridges and overpasses will be treated first, then police precincts, fire stations, and hospitals.

TDOT district 45 assistant superintendent Steve Lemmon has seen it all with 1994 being the worst winter storm he can recall.

But nearly 20 years have brought improved capabilities.

"We've got a lot of new equipment, better equipment, and some very good employees," he said.

Knecht wrote in a statement Thursday, "Our current plan is to start snow and ice operations at 11 P.M., routing trucks across the city to inspect conditions and take action as directed/required and to continue around the clock until no further action is needed."

MLGW asks you to be prepared.

"We're asking our customers that should they be out of service for a day or two that they have an emergency kit available which would include water, a flashlight, or any medicine they may need," said Gale Jones Carson with MLGW.

Among other things, Memphis International Airport has 180,000 gallons of de-icer to keep planes flying.

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