CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The city of Charleston spent Wednesday afternoon testing snow plow equipment to make sure you stay safe on the roads at the first sign of snowfall.
"They're putting the spreader on the back of the truck. They're running through the hydraulics on it to make sure everything works. The plows go on the front of the trucks. Making sure the lifts are working on them and everything's proper," Charleston Public Works Director Gary Taylor said, explaining all of the steps necessary to check the plows, making sure they're in top condition for the messy conditions.
The weather can be unpredictable. That's why Taylor says the city is taking time to check the equipment now, making sure they have no problems getting to your street when the snow and ice fall.
"A lot of times we come out real late at night and we don't want to be out here at one or two o'clock in the morning fixing things that we could possibly fix now," he said.
It's not just the city of Charleston. The Department of Highways is making sure roads across West Virginia are free of any slick spots.They repaved a few problem spots with anti-skid materials.
"When we're replacing a bridge deck, we'll put an anti-skid surface on there to help with traction and so we're doing several things to help make sure vehicles maintain their traction in less than perfect conditions," West Virginia Division of Highways spokesperson Brent Walker said.
The city also says they're prepared with plenty of salt. A mild winter last year provided for enough leftovers to last Charleston through this season.