Snow removal crews and emergency responders prepare for first snow

WASHINGTON --  Crews all over the Washington metropolitan area began pretreating roads 24 hours ahead of Friday’s expected snowfall.

Christopher Shorter, Director of Department of Public Works in the District said, with models calling for at least an inch of snow, he had hundreds of trucks ready to go.

“If the snow over performs we will have an active deployment, over 220 vehicles strategically placed helping make sure our morning commute is a smooth one tomorrow,” Shorter explained.

An inch or two of snow does not sound like much, but Shorter told DCW50, the fact that the snow was expected to hit during rush hour was what made it important for crews to stay ahead of the storm.

Snow plow and salt truck drivers with transportation departments in Maryland and Virginia also prepared to work overtime.

“Crews will be working in 12 hour shifts to keep the roadways safe and keep an eye out for possibly icy slippery conditions,” said a spokesperson for VDOT.

Even with pretreatment and snow removal, Montgomery County police reminded drivers to take it slow during the first snowfall.

“It does not matter if you have 2-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive, if you slam on your breaks on a block of ice you are going to slide off the road just like everybody else,” explained Rick Goodale. “You have got to reduce your vehicle speed and you have got to allow for increased stopping time and breaking distance.”