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Road crews and stores prepare for possible winter storm

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - With a possible winter storm expected later this week, people are busy preparing for what Mother Nature could bring.

"We are probably one of the most prepared places in town," said Will Edwards, Manager of Chevy Chase Hardware.

Chevy Chase Hardware is stocked with shovels and ice melting essentials ahead of the storm. They said with the warm weather Wednesday, they did not see as many customers purchasing winter materials but expect that will change.

"It's been so warm and unusual. We expect them later," Edwards said. "We've been selling a few snow shovels, ice melters, things like that."

Officials at Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 7 are also busy preparing. They are keeping a close eye on the forecast to determine the best way to treat roads ahead of time.

"We have our salt trucks ready. We have our materials ready for anything that could come our way," said Public Information Officer Natasha Lacy.

With the potential for several inches of snow, road crews will prioritize their routes for snow removal starting with areas that are most heavily traveled.

"Those include the interstates. In Fayette County, that would be New Circle Road, parkways - such as the Bluegrass Parkway," Lacy said.

READ MORE: Chris Bailey's Forecast | Tracking the late week winter storm threat

Officials recommend drivers plan ahead for traveling in winter weather.

"You will want to have windshield wipers checked, your battery checked, and you also should think about carrying an emergency kit in your car should something occur," Lacy said.

To see KYTC's snow and ice removal priority routes, CLICK HERE.

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