VTrans gears up for first snowfall, cautions drivers to slow down

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BARRE, Vt. (WCAX) Forecasters says parts of our region will get their first measurable snowfall of the season Thursday night and Friday morning.

The National Weather Service says 1 to 2 inches of snow is expected in northern Vermont, New Hampshire, with up to 6 inches in the mountain summits of northern Vermont. Temperatures are expected to dip into the 20s on Thursday night.

While some areas will see snow, others are in for a wintery wet mix, and VTrans is asking drivers to drive slower and allow for more time when traveling.

The snow comes after the agency has already been challenged by widespread damage from last week's storm. Many operators had to take the winter gear off of trucks to deal with the flooding and now they're putting it back on.

"Be careful in those areas we've had erosion problems, all of this damage is not 100 percent cleared up yet. We're getting a lot of resources out there including private contractors doing some work out there. But in those damaged areas, please use more caution," said VTran's David Blackmore.

He also says to give plow drivers plenty of room, especially on the interstate. The plows can kick up snow and slush, obstructing visibility. They also make frequent u-turns. He says the main message is slow down when conditions are icy.

"Your roadway typically is a different temperature than a bridge. A bridge has air going underneath it and that will take on the ambient temp and may freeze before that ground temperature, so be careful when you're traveling if the road is wet. If the road is wet, it could freeze," Blackmore said.