Western Kansas road crews prepare for snow

Snow plow (KSN Photo)

COLBY, Kan. (KSNW) – The Kansas Department of Transportation spent Tuesday gearing up for snow that is predicted to fall Wednesday.

Crews spent the day making sure their equipment is working for when the snow starts.

“We get all of our trucks saddled up, as we call it, by putting the spreaders in, making sure the hydraulics are working, the spinners are working,” said Jerry Glassman, Kansas Department of Transportation.

But that is about all they can do for now. They say using brine to pre-treat the roads is tricky when its windy.

“With real windy conditions, if we go out and spread our application down, then the snow has a more of a tendency to collect and build up instead of blowing on across,” said Glassman.

Now, crews are preparing the salt and brine to treat the roads if snow does start to accumulate.

But regardless, officials warn drivers to give yourself more following distance and brake time, even if the road looks clear

“Watch out for black ice. I know the highways can look dry at night, and it’s pretty slick out there,” said Perry Huffman, Kansas Department of Transportation.

“There’s a lot more turnovers and wrecks because of cruise control. If they keep their foot, their cruise control off, the minute you take your foot off the accelerator pedal, usually your vehicle will straighten right out,” said Glassman.