Highlands Prepare for Snow Storm

By: Mallory Brooke Email
By: Mallory Brooke Email

It's the first winter storm of the Winter 2008-2009 season. A winter storm warning is in effect for Pendleton, Highland, and Western Grant Counties through 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Western facing slopes of the Highlands can see upwards of six inches of snow, with interior areas of West Virginia, including several ski resorts, seeing roughly one foot of snow.

Residents in Pendleton County were gassing up their cars Monday in preparation to spend the evening watching the snow fall.

Angie Ruddel works at the Shell gas station on Main Street in Franklin and mentioned the station was busier than usual.

"People get a little panic over here, over even the least bit of snow, so there have been quite a few people in this morning," says Ruddel.

One Pendleton County resident, Reid Murphy, may have to travel to Harrisonburg on Tuesday, but he's not concerned.

He says, "I'll usually let a salt truck go by me and then follow behind them."

The West Virginia Department of Highways wants motorists to remember their winter driving skills. Residents should slow down in snowy conditions and leave extra space between your car and the car in front of you.

Make sure that vehicles are kept at a safe distance behind snow plows and sand trucks. In addition, some extra travel time may be needed, so planning ahead is key.

Mike Moran, the acting District Engineer of District 8 for the W.V. Department of Highways, says, "All the trucks are, been loaded and fitted with the plows and spreaders and loaded with materials ready to go. They've done some pretreating on the bridges and hills and curves which is going out in advance of the snow actually sticking the roads and applying some salt."

The town of Franklin has prepared as well. Buster Waybright is on the town council for Franklin and says that if they receive eight inches of snow, it's not a big deal. The town has prepared just like they would for every other storm.

"The town always gets the equipment ready, everything has been made ready, the spreaders are put on the trucks, the salt is all ready. Just normal precautions that you do in the mountains," says Waybright.

Waybright also says the town of Franklin, along with West Virginia and Virginia, do very well with snow removal. He says that snow plows will literally wait on the roads until they get the call.

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