Street departments prep for first snows

Street departments across Greater Lafayette are preparing for the wintery conditions this weekend. They have a warning for drivers as we will see our first snowfall of the winter.

Posted: Dec. 8, 2017 6:10 PM
Updated: Dec. 8, 2017 6:19 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Street departments across Greater Lafayette are preparing for the wintery conditions this weekend.

They have a warning for drivers as we will see our first snowfall of the winter.

West Lafayette Street Department garages where preparation is taking place in advance of the snow.

Crews spent all day prepping trucks.

Attaching snow plows and equipping the back of the trucks with brine tanks and salt spreaders.

They hit the streets today to ensure the roads were covered with de-icing agents.

West Lafayette Street Commissioner Ben Anderson says first snows like these are great tune-ups for the winter ahead.

"We love little events like this that are coming to get our equipment put together, to get things tested, get bugs worked out of them, you know, hoses that need to be replaced," said Anderson.

Despite their efforts, Darin Woods says there's still one hazard drivers need to be mindful of.

"Black ice, I mean there's nothing you can really do for it. You salt it, and it'll melt it some but it usually still keeps coming right back, it's kind of like your refrigerator or freezer when you defrost it," said Woods.

Temps are expected to drop into the mid-20s this evening.

Crews suggest slowing down on your drive as they clear the first snow from the roads.

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