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Crews prep roads for possible snow, ice

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(WMC-TV) - There is a possibility of snow in the forecast, forcing city and county road crews to be on standby.

Trucks are parked at the county road department after spending all day on the street pre-treating the roads in preparation for a possible winter weather, ice, or snow event.

The brine trucks are ready to go, with a tank filled with salt water. The valve just needs to be opened and gravity does the rest, spilling a mixture on the pavement that will prevent ice from forming.

Shelby County pre-treated 186 bridges and overpasses over about 1,600 lane miles in unincorporated areas.

If you drove I-240 at any point Thursday, you may have noticed a white fog in the air. That was some of the dried brine getting kicked up.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation treats the interstates and state highways and there certainly was a fresh layer of brine on I-240.

"We hit our major bridges and overpasses and then once we get to where it's gonna be an event that we know is gonna happen a lot we hit our major intersections and thoroughfares and then work our way down to the smaller things," said Ken Shaeffer, Shelby County Roads and Bridges.

City officials say this has been their largest anti-icing event all season.

About 25,000 gallons treated about 300 miles of bridges, overpasses, and other priority locations.

Of course, the city, county, and state say they will be watching the forecast throughout Thursday night and all day Friday.

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