Bad weather predicted for midweek

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By Lisa King

After a prediction of really nasty weather for Monday night by the National Weather Service fizzled out, Shelby County Road Supervisor Carl Henry said Tuesday he still planned to have road crews on standby.

“They're saying we've got some snow moving in, not a big deal, but if the temperature drops the way they say it's going to, the roads could get really slick,” he said.

The road crew had put spread 4,500 gallons on brine over county roads and the inner city on Monday night, about $500 worth, Henry said.

Although the Canadian Clipper System failed to blow in from the north, Henry said the county must still be prepared, because “you never know what it's going to do.”

“We will come in early Wednesday to spread beet juice and brine and that way we'll be ready if the roadways get slick and we'll be out there if the need to more arises,” he said.

The city is also prepared for inclimate weather.

Bruce Williamson with Shelbyville Public Works said that city crews also put brine down Tuesday.

“We will keep monitoring the weather and if gets ugly, we'll start salting,” he said. “We've got four salt trucks with plows and one brine truck and we are ready to go.”

Simpsonville City Manager David Eaton said his fair city is also ready for whatever Mother Nature has to throw this way.

“We put brine down and we're just keeping an eye on the weather to see what happens,” he said. “The thing is, different stations are saying different things about the weather, so we're just playing it by ear.”

On Monday, the Shelby County Judge Executive's office passed along a winter weather advisory to the media issued by the National Weather Service. The advisory cautions motorists that travel may be difficult if the predicted weather materializes, and people should be prepared for snow-covered roads and limited visibility. Appropriate driving measures should be taken to allow for slower-moving traffic and drivers should allow extra time getting to their destinations.