City of Mason road crews are battling to stay ahead of the winter storm blanketing the region with snow.
Crews anticipate working through the night and into Friday to clear all of Mason’s 375 lane miles of roadways, said Mason Public Works Director David Riggs.
“We do try real hard to do the best job we can,” said Riggs. “I got a lot of good guys working for me and that makes a huge difference.”
Snow began falling in Mason around 5 a.m. this morning. Riggs, who has been monitoring weather conditions since 3:30 a.m. this morning, said the first crews got started at about 5:30 a.m.
Road crew worker Dick Mihiques heads out to clear more roadways
“We try to get them in as early as we can and that helps with the roads,” he said.
A winter storm warning went into effect for Warren County and much of the Tri-State region at 5 a.m. today and will run until 5 a.m. Friday. Four to 6 inches of snowfall is expected to fall by 7 p.m., said meteorologist Steve Rhebenach of the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
The heaviest part of the storm should arrive between 2-6 p.m. More than an inch an hour could accumulate and should taper off after midnight.
Mason road crews are working 12 hour shifts “for as long as it takes,” said Riggs.
There is one bright spot as the war against wintry weather continues: the city is armed with plenty of road salt.
Mason’s salt dome, built six years ago, has the capacity to store several thousands of tons of salt, said Riggs.
“That gives us a nice buffer,” he said. “We’re covered.”
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