Crews work to keep roads clear

WHEELING, W.Va. (WTRF) - If you hit the roads Saturday morning after a continuous snowfall throughout the night, you can thank the men and women who were out while you were sleeping, plowing snow and spreading salt on the roadways.

In Wheeling, crews started out at about midnight, and you may still be seeing some salt and plow trucks on the roads. 

About 10 trucks treated the roads all day long, beginning with the hills and ridges, then to the main roads, and finally to the neighborhood side streets. 

Director of Public Works Rusty Jebbia says Saturday's fluffy snow is less desirable than a wet snow because it is more difficult to plow.

He says people made the safe decision to not go out when it was snowing, but a lack of traffic may mean the salt will not melt the snow and ice as quickly. 

"When you have more traffic on it, it really actually helps because it generates some heat which helps with the melting of the snow. So the more traffic the quicker the road is going to clear off. If you live in some areas that we've hit and haven't had that much traffic, there's probably still going to be some slush along the roadways," said Jebbia. 

Jebbia says as temperatures drop Saturday night, they will be keeping an eye out for ice and sending the salt trucks out as necessary.


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