The first winter storm warning for all of western Massachusetts this season will bring out the snow plows and salt trucks in full-force Wednesday night and Thursday.
The town of West Springfield told CBS3 Springfield that the road crews will be out at the first sign of snowflakes Wednesday evening.
"As soon as it starts to snow, the foreman on call will take a look to see if the roads are catching it," said Jack DeSantis, deputy director of operations at the West Springfield Department of Public Works. "If they start to catch it whatsoever, the sanders will be out to put salt on the main arteries, and a little sand and salt on the hilly secondary roads."
The town of West Springfield has eight sanders and about 30 plows to handle the snow and ice through the night. DeSantis said if the snow stacks up and more plows are needed, the town has another list of contractors ready to help, potentially adding another 30 plows to the roadways.
After snow is plowed, DeSantis said the goal for winter storms is to keep the roads as wet as possible with sand and salt. However, with this storm, the changeover from heavy snow to heavy rain will still keep D.P.W. crews alert to make sure there is not too much water or ice covering the streets.
"In the beginning [of the storm], it will not be any different," said DeSantis. "We will be plowing, but when it changes over to rain then we have to move into a different type of operation. We have to watch out for any catch basins that were covered by snow, and we'll watch for street flooding."
The town of West Springfield issued a parking ban beginning at 9 p.m. Wednesday night. The full list of parking bans and other cancellations across western Massachusetts are updated here.
The latest forecast and expected snowfall totals for the region can be found on the CBS3 Pinpoint Weather page.
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