ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) - Crews in the city of Roanoke are preparing for the anticipated snowstorm this weekend. You may have already seen the brine trucks, leaving the white lines over Roanoke roadways. Now they're working around the clock.
But for many of those folks, this job is more than just their 9-to-5.
When Will Cole heard snow was in the forecast, he knew there was work to be done.
"Oh," said the Roanoke City Landscaping Supervisor, laughing. "Excitement but at the same time anxious I guess, nervous."
And he knows not everyone enjoys the snowfall.
"People kinda lose their minds sometimes," Cole said.
But he doesn't want people to lose their footing, or control of their cars.
So he has spent the last few days on the roads, laying down the salty brine mix.
Cole said the brine makes things easier for when he returns in his snow plow. It's a job he's done since he was 19, from the Tidewater region of Virginia to D.C.
"I'm a country guy so I'm rocking out to country music and get in the zone," he said, "and it's just fun."
Work begins as soon as they start predicting snow. They'll work 12 hour days, laying hundreds of gallons of brine and salt, too.
"Bridges always freeze quicker than pavement so we always make sure we get brine down on the pavements first and then get to our trouble spots," Cole said. "I'm going to actually take you to one of our trouble spots because i need to hit it before the storm hits."
Cole takes us down Roanoke's steepest road, Hunters Road.
"Rev it, it takes a second," he said of his truck before descending. "Gotta get the pressure back there."
For him, these days are long, but important.
"I live here and take pride in what I do," Cole said. "So when snow comes, everyone turns to the city."
Everyone including his own family and co-workers.
So he advises drives to stay back, stay warm, and stay off the roads as long as you can.