NORTH COLLINS, N.Y. (WIVB) — Black ice remains a major concern for many as they head out Sunday evening, tackling the roads.
The county, city and state are all working together as this first band of lake effect snow starts moving through western New York. Plows and salt trucks are making their round but drivers say the roads remain treacherous.
“It’s kind of snotty out; little greasy,” said Max, a driver we met at a gas station in East Aurora. “Gotta take it easy.”
“As soon as we started getting closer to Buffalo, it was treacherous,” said Sue Fernandes-Arrdua who is dropping off her son at college. “It was a little slippery.”
Fernandes- Arrdua is making the trip to the western New York region from Toronto. Sunday’s trip is taking her longer than usual.
“You have to drive cautious,” she said. “It is scary. I made my husband come with me. Today was our first real winter driving day.
Being prepared is key, which Sue knows. And it’s also something the state, county and city officials are making sure of as well.
“Whether you have snow or you don’t you have to get in that mindset,” said Dan Neaverth, the Emergency Services Commissioner for Erie County. “I think that’s most critical during these few rounds of snow.”
More than 39-thousand tons of salt are being distributed along the thruway. Extra ploys are being deployed to the region and more than 100 employees are on standby and preparing for 12- hour days.
“The fact you have a lot of equipment [is great]; it’s more procedure of implementing that so that everybody including crews remain safe,” said Neaverth.
Drivers are taking it slow, keeping their eyes on the roads and adjusting to the winter weather road conditions…
“Don’t rush where you need to go,” suggest Max. “There’s plenty of time. Don’t get yourself in trouble trying to get somewhere quicker than you can.”