UTICA, N.Y. -- The state Department of Transportation has been out since early Tuesday morning covering the roads with salt and plowing the snow.
Crews treated the roadways with brine, to help when the temperatures are below freezing, and are repeating the treatment every two to three hours.
The DOT brought in extra crews to help with this storm.
The rain is freezing roadways and sidewalks, making it difficult to drive.
“This time worse we received additional crews. Last storm, we received five large platters from Long Island, so we have people who drove yesterday. They arrived yesterday, got some rest and now they're plowing our highways in the Mohawk Valley,” said state DOT Regional Director Nicolas Choubah.
Governor Andrew Cuomo is urging caution as a significant winter storm is set to impact our region.
And as quick safety tips, when winter storms strike, don't drive unless completely necessary. Use caution on bridges, because ice can form quicker on them than on roadways.
One Utica resident says she's taking public transportation to get around so that she doesn't have to walk around in this weather.
There's a snow emergency in effect for Utica starting at 11 p.m., which means people cannot park on the street.
The city urges no unnecessary travel on city streets. The city also urges caution as there may be damage to tree limbs and potential power outages due to the anticipated heavy snow.
Cars left on city roads after 11 p.m. are subject to ticketing and towing at the owner's expense.
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