Pressure : 29.51 in
Dewpoint : 57.9 °
Wind : Northwest
Snow cleanup begins across the region
The dangerous road conditions are improving. The snow has stopped falling, and even though the wind continues, people can finally make some headway in clearing their roads and sidewalks.
News 5's Lauren Conley took a ride with crews from the Hastings Street Department Wednesday morning and has the latest on road conditions.
Shoveling, snowblowing, and plowing. Wednesday night's blizzard has made for some hefty clean up Thursday.
"This will be my third time clearing my driveway. Just trying to stay ahead of it," said Craig Oswald.
"It's a pain at the end of the driveway moving it where the snow plows were. It's really wet down there," Anthony Allen said.
The Hastings Street Department began clearing roads Wednesday night.
"We waited until 9:00. We tried to come in and do it then and couldn't get out, too far out because you just couldn't see," said Stu Mohlman, Hastings Street Department.
Severe winds caused poor visibility. Even Thursday, the wind is still blowing drifts making it a constant process to clear the roads.
Mike Bloomberg started working early Wednesday morning. He's been plowing on and off since the storm began.
"You kind of get used to it, but yeah, it wears on you after awhile," Bloomberg said.
The Tri-Cities got between 6 and 9 inches of snow and in Hastings the Street Department has been working overnight. As you can see some of the streets are plowed and some are not.
"Emergency snow routes, and that's what we did first is we come in and do emergency snow routes and then work our way to residential," said Mohlman.
Mohlman says the department expects to be clearing roads for the next few days.
"I always try to tell everybody, be patient, slow down. Right now it's really slick out," Mohlman said. "We're going to get around, but it just takes time."
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