For Nashua's highway crews, it's ready, set, snow
“This is not going to be a blockbuster storm, but we always try to be ready,” said Justin Kates, director of Nashua’s Office of Emergency Management. “I am hoping it will be smooth sailing.”
Snow will likely start falling this afternoon; however the heaviest snowfall is projected to begin after 10 p.m., said Kates.
“I think we are going to be OK with the plowing — the Streets Department is ready,” he said. “We just hope people will cooperate. Regardless of the size of the storm, it only takes a small amount of snow on the roadways to make them slick. If there is no reason for people to be out, it is always easier for the plow drivers when the roads are clear.”
Typically, about 85 city employees are called in to assist during snowstorms, and 60 pieces of snow equipment are often used. There are more than 40 citywide plowing routes, and 12 primary routes that are pretreated before the snow falls.
Last year, the city’s $1.2 million snow removal budget was nearly depleted by the start of March, in part because of February’s Nemo storm that dumped 2-feet of snow in Nashua.
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