Clarkstown Highway Superintendent Wayne Ballard said the Friday’s light snowfall played a role in preparing the roads for today’s dusting of snow. He said the treatment that remained on the roads from Friday’s half inch or less benefitted the town this morning.
“All of that worked for us for the first part of the snow,” he said.
As conditions began changing to sleet and freezing rain before midday Monday, Ballard said crews were sent out. Around 10:30 a.m., he noted trucks were applying salt near the.
“We’re applying a round of salt right now which should get us through the rush hour,” he said.
Ballard said hilly and elevated streets like Mountainview Ave and parts of Central Nyack and those with heavy traffic flow were among the areas targeted for treatment first.
Whether the slippery conditions will continue through the evening depends upon the temperature. Ballard said there could be black ice if the expected rain washes away the salt and then the temperature drops below freezing.
The department’s snow removal budget remains in good shape. Ballard said there has not been any big snowstorms so far that required major plowing. He characterized this season’s winter weather as bringing “nuisance storms.”
The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory until 1 a.m. on Tuesday. It warns that the expected one inch of snow, several hundredths of an inch of ice and temperatures hovering around freezing could cause dangerous driving conditions. Any ice that forms is expected to remain until daybreak Tuesday.