State DOT prepared for the wind and snow

How local State DOT officials prepared for Monday's wind and snow storm.

Posted: Feb 24, 2019 6:39 PM

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y - All 18 State DOT trucks were fueled up and ready for Monday's wind and snow storm.

"We have all of our equipment ready if we need to respond with tree limbs down to assist the utilities once they get the power shut down.And the other thing is, its just kind of a waiting game right now," said Jim Piccola of the State DOT.

22 drivers arrived at the Regional Office ready for anything that mother nature was going to throw at them. Like many others throughout the Mohawk Valley, DOT officials were relying heavily on the weather reports.

"Well we've been in touch with the national weather service. We are keeping an eye on the storm, we are tracking it as it comes across the state. And again our folks are out their driving around looking at the conditions of the roads. Then once the storm gets here we will react to what needs to be done," Said Piccola.

Several travel advisories were issued throughout the area. DOT officials hoped that drivers will stayed off of the roads.

"Especially if we do get these snow squalls with some snow give our guys a chance to get out their, clean the roads up and we'll get you to where they want go safely," said Piccola.

They said the calm hours before the storm were a waiting game to see what mother nature was going to throw at them. But they said they were ready for anything.

"Again we are as ready as we'll ever be. We are just waiting to see how it progresses and the areas that get hit harder and go from there," said Piccola.

Travel advisories throughout the area will be in effect until further notice. Stay tuned to for full weather coverage.

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