ODOT, PennDOT preach safety, assure they’re ready for snow

Warren, Canfield and Lisbon OSP offices reported no major accidents Sunday afternoon

ODOT crews are planning their attack for the weekend storm to hit Youngstown, Ohio.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – It now looks and feels like the holiday season.

Snow started falling just after midnight Sunday, around 1-2 inches. During the day the Valley got another 2-4 inches.

“We have about 40 trucks between Mahoning and Trumbull counties,” said Brent Kovacs of ODOT Public Information. “And that includes about 80 drivers to staff all these trucks on 12-hour shifts. ”

This is the first big snowfall of the season. Road departments have plenty of salt, brine and beet heat on hand.

“Which is beet molasses with the sugar removed,” Kovacs said. “It increases the efficiency of the salt to minus-40. The way we use this is we preheat the salt in the spinner in the back of the truck.”

In western Pennsylvania on Sunday, interstates were slowed down after heavy snows and several accidents in the region.

“Well, we have our crews out,” said Jim Carroll of PennDOT Region 1. “We’ve been salting and plowing — trying to stay ahead of the snow. We had all crews out throughout the night.”

They’ll be out again Sunday night into Monday morning.

WKBN reached out to Warren, Canfield and Lisbon OSP offices Sunday afternoon. They said there were no major accidents — just a handful of minor ones — although the roads are not in the best of conditions.

“Slow down,” Kovacs said. “Give yourself plenty of extra time to reach your destination.

“Pay close attention to your driving,” Carroll said. “Don’t be distracted. Slow down, give yourself more room for following the vehicle ahead or stopping and pay attention to the weather forecasts.”

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