Danville prepares for snow

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DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ) - It was a busy, salt filled morning at Danville Public Works. All in anticipation of anywhere from 4 inches to a foot of snow the city is expected to see this week.

"Its coming. Ready or not," said Richard Drazenovich, Public Works Director.

Public Works crew members like Darrell Pulliam are ready. He's had some practice driving this truck, one that he hopes you'll be patient for if you get behind it.

"35 miles an hour is our max speed," said Pulliam.

It can take up to 12 hours for the three 96-hundred gallon trucks the city has to cover city roads in brine, a mixture of salt and water.

"It gets put in our brine maker and makes the brine, and gets sent to our storage tanks on top of the hill, we pull up under them and get loaded," said Pulliam.

Pulliam then gets a list of roads he needs to drive over. First up Goodyear Blvd which he drives three times: North and southbound lanes plus the turns, giving the roads a glossy look.

"Until it dries and then it will be white," said Pulliam.

He's does this with the push of a button and can monitor how much brine he has left by a pipe he sees through the rear view mirror.

"Once you get to know one of them, one of the trucks, they all about the same," said Pulliam.

But what makes Pulliam's job difficult is the uncertainty of the weather. If the storm were to offer up rain before snow, he'd have to do this all over again.

The next step is to plow the roads. That will take place as soon as there is a thin layer of accumulation on the ground.