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Cincinnati and Hamilton County both say they're ready for winter's snow and ice. The two combined have more than 50,000 tons of road salt on hand, and contracts in place to buy more if needed.

Mark Heyne / WVXU News

The rains came but the snow, it seems, may not be as bad as originally thought. 

Late Tuesday forecasters warned a winter storm could dump heavy rains on the area before mixing with and turning to heavy snow by Wednesday night. 

Seth Binau with the National Weather Service in Wilmington says moist air is streaming up from Texas but there’s a definite border between it and drier air to the north.

Sarah Ramsey

Wednesday's extreme cold and high winds have forecasters calling for possibly dangerous conditions. But it was something else that caused reporters in the WVXU newsroom to glance questioningly at one another.

Lake effect snow.

We saw it first on Twitter:

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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.

Snow can turn the world into a winter wonderland, which is great if you don’'t have to drive in it. But even though we all know its coming - it happens every year about this time - so many Cincinnati drivers seem completely unprepared for driving in snow or icy conditions. Here to share tips on how to survive the drive this winter and give us some information on holiday road travel is AAA Allied Group Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, Jim Hanni.

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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.”

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The weather has finally turned warmer but snow and ice will be lead topics for convention-goers in Cincinnati this week.

The North American Snow Conference is being held here May 4-7.

Past president of the American Public Works Association Diane Watkins says 2,000-2,500 people, a record high, are participating. She says best practices for snow and ice clearing are at the top of the agenda.

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.