Cincinnati snow

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Cincinnati has an ordinance requiring property owners to remove snow from the sidewalk, but it's a law that's rarely enforced.  Public Services spokesman Larry Whittaker says the city doesn't have the resources to go after offenders. 

“Usually when we’re in a big winter operation… we have everyone working really hard to get the streets cleared and we just don’t have the resources to strictly enforce a lot of the ordinances that are on the books,” Whittaker says.

Instead, he says they hope people do it voluntarily. 

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**Updated 4:37pm**

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has declared a statewide emergency, which frees up state resources, including the National Guard, to aid local jurisdictions. 

So far, Kentucky Emergency Management reports the snow has been "dry",  and has not accumulated on trees and power lines, which means limited impact on the state's energy grid.

Some parts of the Bluegrass State could receive up to 16 inches by the time the snow ends tonight.

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The Cincinnati city administration is promising everything will be done to make the streets safe after Monday morning's snowfall.  Many places in the area reported receiving two to four inches of snow.

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley says everything will be done to clear city streets as soon as possible but he is warning that Tuesday could be worse.

Colder temperatures Monday night are expected to re-freeze anything that melts during the day, creating icy streets. 

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Cincinnati will be starting the snow season with less road salt than it would like, but things could be worse.

Public Services Director Gerald Checco told a council committee Tuesday so far there is about 16,000 tons in storage.

“We know several cities, several villages around Cincinnati that have asked us to sell them the salt that they could not procure,” Checco said.  “We also are aware of entire states without salt contracts at this point.  That is going to be resolved, but that is a problem that we are very much mindful of.”

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Snow showers Sunday morning sent crews scrambling back out to clear roads in Hamilton County.

Unlike our television counterparts, we at WVXU don't often head out to the salt pile but reporter Tana Weingartner happened to drive past the Hamilton County Engineer's Office and caught a glimpse of the low reserves at the facility. This location has two barns, one for salt and the other for a sand mixture. Each is down to just a ring around the inside edge.

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