EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSWest Virginia Ready For First Winter Snow
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Reported by: Kera Mashek
Videographer: Shelby Spradling
Web Producer: Kera Mashek
Reported: Nov. 11, 2013 9:27 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 12, 2013 12:42 PM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Get ready because winter is on its way.
Plows and salt trucks are ready to roll as mother nature brews up the first snow of the season.
"Our highway crews have been preparing since September. We get our drivers used to or reintroduce them to their routes, make sure their instruments are calibrated, that the plows are all set, and everything's just in working condition. So when they get the call out, we just simply load up the salt and go," said Brent Walker with the WV DOH.
And with recent milder winters, there's still plenty of salt to go around, keeping the roads safe for you.
Local grocery stores kept busy Monday, with lots of people stocking up just in case we get more snow than expected.
"Oh, just the snow fall brings me here. I really just stopped to get some basic things," said Jean Moore of Charleston.
Auto parts stores, like NAPA in Charleston, took a lot of calls about winter car preps and saw a steady stream of customers picking up items like snow scrapers and de-icer.
Auto experts also suggest you put a few items in your car ahead of the first flakes, in case you happen to have an accident, or get stuck in the snow.
"Always have your cell phone with you, that's your number one thing. You should also carry a blanket, and something like kitty litter or we have oil absorb that you can use for traction. You should always carry chains in your car, too, because you never know in West Virginia. You could get just a couple inches, or a couple feet, you never know," said Bob Jarrett with NAPA.
And when you head out to drive in the snow, don't forget to take it easy...
"You just need to take a couple of extra minutes to make sure that you get there. By all means, slow down," Walker said.
The good news is with warmer weather recently, the roads are warm, so the snow probably won't stick. Just to be safe though, the first snow crews are expected to check into work bright and early Tuesday morning to start pre-treating the roads, and they'll be keeping a close eye on the forecast to determine when and where to send plows to keep the highways clear for you.
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