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Upstate Snow Preparations

If you're on the roads tonight, chances are you'll see at least one D.O.T. truck. Even in the Upstate, crews are treating the roads, but unlike the mountains it's been a waiting game for most of the day.

S.C.D.O.T. Maintenance Engineer for Laurens County, Rob Russian, says  his crews are ready to go, and have been since yesterday.

Today they've been pre-treating the roads with salt brine. Russian says, "salt brine will keep from freezing down to about 25 degrees."

Though unusual to see snowfall in Laurens, Russian says his crews are ready no matter when the snow decides to fall. "We have a detailed snow plan that covers all of the county and prioritizes all of our routes," he says.

In anticipation of the 1 to 3 inches expected here in the upstate, today was a partial snow day for students with many schools dismissing by noon.

Sixth grader Zamar Garrett says his class got a little excited when they heard the news. "They started screaming out load as soon as they knew we were getting out," he says.

Parent Kimberly Asch knows her kids all too well. She says they don't mind getting out early as long as there's snow.

As the Upstate awaits what is likely there first big snow of the season, for anyone hitting the roads D.O.T crews advise you to use caution.

Russian says to slow down and be mindful of people around you, keep safe distances and also be mindful of the D.O.T. crews working to keep the roads safe.

By: Lauren Brigman
Follow Lauren on Twitter @LBRIGMAN_WLOS


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