FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
City of Morgantown Winter Weather Update
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - With the weather forecast predicting the possibility of snow accumulating Thursday evening into Friday, the Engineering and Public Works Department will be staffed accordingly. Crews will be working through the night to treat and clear city streets to manage any accumulation.
Currently, the Engineering and Public Works Department has 9 plow trucks and over 3,000 tons of salt on hand to treat and clear city streets and sidewalks.
The city signed a maintenance agreement with West Virginia Division of Highways last year to treat and perform snow removal on certain state roads within city limits. These roads include High Street, College Avenue, University Avenue and Collins Ferry Road, Burroughs Street, Stewart Street and Stewartstown Road, North Willey Street, Spruce Street, Pleasant Street, and Walnut Street. This agreement increases the level of service to our citizens without additional cost.
Engineering and Public Works crews will work as fast as they can to clear any snow or ice accumulation on city streets, but it's important for motorists to follow these steps when driving in snow or ice conditions:
Before driving your vehicle, clean snow, ice or dirt from the windows, the forward sensors, headlights, tail lights, backup camera and other sensors around the vehicle.
Drive slowly. It’s harder to control or stop your vehicle on a slick or snow-covered surface.
On the road, increase your following distance enough so that you’ll have plenty of time to stop for vehicles ahead of you.
When stopping, avoid sudden movements of the steering wheel. Avoid locking of brakes as it will cause a loss of steering and control.
The Public Works Department has a scheduled response to inclement winter weather. For information on this plan visit www.morgantownwv.gov/snowplan.