Calm Before The Snowstorm

Mass transit in Rockland County is operating on a regular schedule and officials hope to keep to that as long as possible in advance of 2014’s first snowstorm.

The Rockland County Department of Public Transportation plans to continue to provide bus service until conditions change. When spokesperson Susan Meyer spoke with Patch in the early afternoon she said a normal schedule was being followed for the day.

“As of right now we plan to continue normal service as long as possible,” she said.

County highway department crews are doing their part to make sure the roads are prepped for buses, commuters and other drivers. Highway Superintendent Charles “Skip” Vezzetti said trucks were out by 6 a.m. on Thursday salting and spreading a liquid application to melt ice. He said the department got a timely delivery of salt today and the staff has been making use of the breaks in the storm. 

“We’ve just been working on trucks making sure everything is ready for this evening,” said Vezzetti. 

Once the crews arrive for a storm, they stay on the job for the duration. Vezzetti said they will try to take breaks of several hours during the overnight but plans for everyone will back clearing roads by 5 a.m. on Friday.

According to the forecasts he received, Vezzetti expects the heavy snowfall to begin between 5 and 8 p.m. and he has a request for county residents. 

“Once it starts, I’d recommend they go home and stay home for the evening,” he said, noting that the snow and slippery conditions will be compounded by a biting cold. 

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