Plows were attached to the Hamilton Department of Public Works trucks on Thursday afternoon and the sanders were loaded in anticipation of what could possibly be the biggest snowstorm so far this winter, according to DPW Director Bill Redford.
“Initial sanding crews will be ready to go out at around 5:30 a.m. (Friday) to treat the main roads and schools before the morning traffic,” Redford said, noting the crews could go out earlier if the conditions warrant. Hamilton police will monitor the weather overnight and advise the DPW if they are needed earlier.
Redford said the plan is based on the Thursday evening forecast that calls for rain to change to snow in Hamilton between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. on Friday. Wet snow is expected to accumulate through midday Friday but it remains unclear exactly how much will accumulate, he said.
There’s still a chance the storm could be “much ado about nothing,” Redford said, especially if the storm “edges east.”
“If it edges to the west and intensifies it could be more interesting,” he said.
Even if the storm stays mostly rain in Hamilton, Redford said he expects DPW crews to be busy all day Friday because below freezing temperatures are expected later on Friday.
“We are in wait and see mode, but prepared and ready,” he said.