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First snowfall prompts road safety

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Nicole Gerber


Sunset is getting earlier and earlier and temperatures out here are dropping.

Now that we know the first snowfall will begin in a matter of hours it's time to make sure driving conditions will stay safe here in southern New England.

At Case Snow Management in North Attleboro, the sand is loaded and the trucks are ready.

"It's actually coming a bit later this year than in previous years, so we've been ready for a few weeks," said Neal Glatt, account manager for Case. "All the guys are trained, the equipment's ready to go, and we're downright excited for it."

Tonight's first snowfall of the season will be met by some pre–treated roads, driveways, and parking lots.

"De–icing is just putting down salt. We're expecting snow to start between 4 and 6 in the morning, and that's about the time that we'll start the trucks going out," said Glatt.

Chances of heavy accumulation on roads is unlikely, since the pavement is still warm. But that doesn't provide much comfort for some area drivers.

"I hate driving in the snow. I can't stand it! I love it, it's beautiful, it's pretty, I don't like driving in it," said Keia Burk.

"I don't like driving in the snow," said Joe Sibilia. And when we asked if he was ready for winter...
"No actually I'm not, I was going to put snow tires on my car this weekend but I didn't get a chance,"he said.

Ready or not winter is just ahead and before roads start to look too bad, the experts say to prepare yourself against the harsh weather.

"I think people just kind of forget how you drive... you have to slow down, and we really want people to be safe out there so take your time in the mornings, give yourself an extra 20 minutes on the commute, and be safe," said Glatt.

There's still no official word on exactly how RIDOT will be handling this first snowfall when it comes to city roads and highways but the experts tell us they've got very advanced equipment that tells them exactly which areas need to be serviced.

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