Road crews, shoppers prepare for heavy snow

January 12, 2018 08:27 PM

Friday night, rain will transition to heavy snow creating hazardous travel conditions for drivers.

Local leaders are already urging residents to take care if they head out Friday night. Some areas could see a foot or more of snow by Saturday evening. Ahead of the storm, local officials, road crews and members of the public are preparing for the bad weather.

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At the DOT Traffic Center on Scottsville Road, officials were on-hand tracking the conditions using traffic cameras and real-time weather updates. When they see a problem, they can immediately dispatch help.

All of this in an effort to keep the roadways as safe as possible during this storm and to keep traffic moving so people still leaving work can get home. They're also looking for any issues with standing water that could be dangerous to drivers. The regional director of the state DOT tells us they've been preparing for this event for past 24 hours.

"We're going to have tow trucks stationed on the expressway in case we have problems," said Regional Director Kevin Bush, state DOT. "We're going to extend the operating hours of our help trucks. We typically don't have mechanics on duty overnight. We're going to have a group of mechanics on-staff just in case something happens. We're ready to go and we're ready to fix anything that breaks."

Hundreds of state and city plow trucks are already out. They're trying to get down as much salt as possible before the snow flies. And while local officials are getting ready for the unpleasant weather, shoppers were prepping in their own fashion.

At Mayer Paint and Hardware on Winton Road, people were buying shovels and salt. At the East Avenue Wegmans, the parking lot was jammed as people worked to stock up before the storm.

"This is a lot crazier than I thought, I didn't expect anything like this today," one shopper told us. "I got to get food for tonight and tomorrow... figure we'll hunker down tonight and have some nice dessert and something to eat."

And that is probably the best plan. Again, if you do have to travel Friday night or Saturday morning, leaders ask you to use caution. City officials are also reminding residents to obey alternate side parking rules -- to ensure plows can get down streets to clear snow.

For more information on the forecast, head over to our weather page.


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