Crews in the western portions of the state are monitoring weather conditions as rain and snow are expected to move in overnight. They are ready to begin salt and sanding operations or clearing as conditions warrant. Drivers in these areas are encouraged to check weather conditions before heading out in the morning and to allow extra time getting to a destination should travel be necessary.
Other crews statewide will also be monitoring conditions as the storm is expected to move across the state tomorrow mid-morning/afternoon.
There are 550 trucks available statewide, 60 in the metro area, all of which are ready and prepared for the next round of storms. Sand and salt sheds are stocked and crews are ready to respond to conditions.
During snow and/or ice conditions, motorists are asked to:
· Check road conditions before getting out on the roads.
· Stay at least 200 feet behind road-clearing equipment; crews need room to maneuver and can engage plowing or spreading materials without notice.
· Allow extra space between vehicles, so there is adequate distance for braking in wet and icy conditions.
· Be aware of "black ice," which looks wet on the roadway, but is actually a thin layer of ice.
· Please be patient, plan trips ahead and allow extra time to reach destinations