Montgomery Co. crews prepare for winter

12:23 PM, Oct 30, 2013   |    comments
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GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County held an all day snow exercise to prepare for the upcoming season.

As the leaves turn this season, the plows are turning, too. Montgomery County crews are taking turns taking equipment and making sure all the snow plows are good to go. They're getting ready to deploy with some practice Wednesday on nearly 5,000 miles of snow routes in the county.

When it's the real deal, though, drivers like Chris have a tip for those of you who may be getting in the way of doing their job. "When a storm is anticipated, it's best for us if everybody is off the road. If you don't have to be on the road, don't be on the road so that we can do our job safely and ... we don't have other obstacles. more cars, more traffic on the road make it is harder for us to get the roads treated," said Chris.

Officials say they have the biggest salt dome east of the Mississippi. At its capacity it can hold up to 27,000 tons of salt. It's not full yet but Rome wasn't built in a day.

Long-time residents and workers have seen it all and are preparing for anything.

A worker who has been doing this job for 30 years told us, "My gut feeling is we're going to have a more active winter this year. The last several winters have been extremely mild and I just got a funny feeling."

There will be a snow summit Friday. Montgomery Department of Transportation officials will put in new monitoring systems that will essentially split up the county into different climate zones.

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