WASHINGTON — D.C. road crews have been working in 12 hour shifts since a major snowstorm slammed the region on Monday. By Friday, D.C. Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Chris Geldart said folks were tired but ready to get to work.
"We've been in a full deployment almost all week long. A lot of folks kind of tired, but talking to them today, motivated to do what they do, do their job," Geldart said.
By 5 a.m., a winter weather advisory had been canceled as the snow moved out of our area. Geldart said crews were clearing roads as snow fell and had pretreated roads in preparation for Friday's second round of snow.
"We got out late last night, early this morning and pretreated all of our residential streets first and then worked our way out to the main streets," he said.
That's a change from what we saw Monday, where the storm started out as rain before transitioning to snow. The wet start prevented crews from pretreating roads, which led to dangerous conditions Monday.
Geldart explained that in order to get plows on roads, there needs to be two inches of snow on the ground.
"If we have anything less than that, we're just scraping pavement. We're not really seeing that on our major roadways."
As the snow moves out of the area Friday, road inspectors will be keeping an eye on streets to see if they need additional attention.
Crews are also preparing for ice by treating the roads as they clear snow from roads.
"We're going to be treating and plowing the rest of the day," Geldart said.