New England Crews Prep for Week of Winter Storms - NECN

New England Crews Prep for Week of Winter Storms



    New England crews prep for week of winter storms

    2 storms slated to hit region later this week expected to bring lots of snow (Published Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014)

    (NECN: Alysha Palumbo, Whitman, Mass.) - Highway crews may be loading and re-loading their salt trucks quite a few times this week as New Englanders face the potential for a triple threat of weather.

    Monday’s storm dropped two to four inches in spots, but crews were able to keep up and keep the main roads mostly clear.

    Denise Walsh of Whitman, Mass. said, "It’s New England, we expect the snow, it’s only a couple inches."

    But a storm set to hit New England Tuesday night into Wednesday likely won’t be as tame.

    "Models are starting to come together on that one and it is looking like the morning commute is not going to be a lot of fun Wednesday morning, so we should have accumulating, wet snow on Wednesday morning and then ending sometime late in the day," National Weather Service meteorologist Alan Dunham said.

    And if that’s not enough, a third storm predicted for Sunday into Monday could be even worse.

    "Three big storms in a row, it’s really about trying to get the guys the rest," said Whitman Highway Superintendent Bruce Martin.

    Martin says his staff is already hard at work preparing for the back to back storms.

    "We’re having the maintenance crews go through all the equipment," said Martin, "this time of the winter it becomes a routine, the guys are just going through all the plows, all the fluids, changing plow blades, repairing anything that was a broken from the last large storm."

    Commuters aren’t thrilled to have to brave the elements either.

    "We try to work and drive so we don’t need anymore snow," Joe Franey of Abbington, Mass. said.

    Josh Monplaisir of East Bridgewater, Mass. said, "Terrible, she does most of the driving, but it is terrible to drive in."