Fairfield Public Works prepping for potential snowstorm

<p>With winter weather advisories issued for Litchfield, Fairfield, and New Haven counties and public works crews say they are well-stocked with salt for the first potential snowstorm of the season.</p>

News 12 Staff

Dec 8, 2017, 4:15 PM

Updated 2,361 days ago

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With winter weather advisories issued for Litchfield, Fairfield, and New Haven counties and public works crews say they are well-stocked with salt for the first potential snowstorm of the season.
Fairfield officials say they have 1,200 tons of salt, and crews have already began loading it into trucks. They say about 30 trucks will be ready by the end of today. There are also two dozen smaller pieces of equipment on standby.
Crews are typically out pre-treating the roads with a salt brine mix before snowstorms, but officials say they don't need to now, because this early in the season the blacktop is still warm.
"We factor in the ground temperature and the air temperature," says Scott Bartlett, of the Fairfield Department of Public Works. "The pre-treat doesn't show us a good value in this scenario. Conversely, if it was below freezing air temperatures and ground temperatures at the onset of the snow, then a pre-treatment would be a prudent thing to do."
Crews have been attaching plows to trucks too, in case the area gets a significant amount of snow Saturday.
Officials say they'll be monitoring the radar and forecast throughout the night. A total of 60 workers are on standby.
The snow is expected to develop Saturday morning and then taper off during the evening hours.


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