SNOW AND ICE Snow Removal Costs Less Than Expected Even With New Storm
Reported by: Bob Aaron
Videographer: Bob Aaron
Web Producer: Bob Aaron
Reported: Jan. 13, 2012 5:14 PM EST
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, Nicholas County
, West Virginia
School closing and delaying wintry weather made a return to West Virginia. The storm could total up to ten inches of snow in some mountain areas, but was pretty much a dusting in the Kanawha Valley flavored by black ice from rain and melted snow that refroze. But there were surprisingly few wrecks
The storm packed 50 mile per hour wind gusts in higher elevations with enough punch to move even tractor-trailers around on icy roads.
But even in Friday's new snow the Department of Transportation is optimistic but not certain that this will be an easy winter for snow removal. DOT'S Brent Walker said: " We're just a tad bit under halfway through the season and we're at about 49% of the way through the season and we're about 16 percent into our budget. Our budget was just over $57 million and so we feel pretty good. "
January and February are typically the worst months for snow. The weather will determine how much of that 57 million dollars will be spent on snow plows and ice melting chemicals, and worker overtime.
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