SOMERVILLE (CBS) – Plow drivers across Massachusetts are in for a long night as Nor’easter gets ready to roll through.

Department of Public Works crews loaded trucks with salt all day Tuesday in Somerville.

DPW director Stan Koty said the routes for plowing are already staffed and mapped. Drivers and supervisors are due in at midnight.

“Looking at Accuweather, which is from your particular news station and that’s what we happen to use, it looks we’re going to have 7/10ths of an inch starting at 1 a.m. We’ll pre-treat before that and then we’ll keep going. We can deal with the first. Before 5 a.m., we’ll probably be able to deal with in between salt, after that we’ll drop the blades,” said Koty.

WBZ-TV’s Peg Rusconi reports.

Crews worked to scrape up and dump what didn’t melt after the last storm. Some of the excess snow is frozen solid, and with the potential for a foot of snow to fall on top of it, it could become even more dangerous for drivers.

Koty expects his crews will go through 800 tons of road salt at $44 per ton by the time this storm is over.


Meanwhile in Framingham, workers spent the day Tuesday fitting truck tires with chains.

“So as much of the work as we can get done in advance as possible, so that we’re not having to bring people in many hours early before the storm to keep our costs down and just be sensible about it,” said Jim Murphy, Framingham Director of Highway Operations.

Murphy said he has 250 miles of road to keep clear, plus sidewalks and parking lots.

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