Workers at the Department of Public Works fill the trucks with salt as they prepare for a storm. (Zachary P. Stephens/Reformer file photo)
Workers at the Department of Public Works fill the trucks with salt as they prepare for a storm. (Zachary P. Stephens/Reformer file photo)
Tuesday February 26, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- It's been a winter of sporadic snow fall mixed with rain and ice storms, and starting late Tuesday night, the region could see another storm, bringing with it two to four inches.

"This one is going to bring mainly snow to the area," said Brian Edwards, a meteorologist for accuweather.com. "The cold air should hold across the region. It may be a little bit mixed briefly, during the day on Wednesday."

Just south of Brattleboro however, there is a potential for a mixture of snow and ice.

Temperatures should be in the low 30s on Wednesday, he said.

Steve Barrett, the director of Brattleboro's Department of Public Works, said last weekend less snow fell than he expected.

"We had maybe three inches in the hills," said Barrett. "But we did have go out and salt."

Brattleboro's DPW has had to clear snow twice this year -- once from downtown and once from Western Avenue, said Barrett.

The relatively mild winter has meant the town's road equipment has needed less maintenance, he said.

"We haven't had a lot of breakdowns."

During any given storm, up to 13 vehicles can be in use clearing Brattleboro's roads, said Barrett.

Dennis Oakes, a member of the Wilmington Highway Crew, said they've been using a lot of salt and sand on all the little storms that have been blowing through.

"If it's just snow, it's much easier to wait for the storm to get over with and then go out and clean the roads and you're done," said Oakes.


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"Little storms, they go for a little while and you go out and take care of the roads. You think it's taken care of and then it starts snowing again."

This winter there was one fatal car accident related to the weather, but it's mostly been slide offs and rollovers, with very few injuries.

Dover Police Chief Robert Edwards said one type of vehicle is more often involved in accidents than any other.

"We tend to have more SUVs off the road," he said. "People think because they have four-wheel drive they can go faster. You can go better in snow, but you still have four pieces of rubber on the road."

Dover sees a lot of ski tourists in the winter, said Edwards, but most of those people are on the mountain and not on the roads when it's snowing.

"This past weekend wasn't bad," said Windham County Sheriff Keith Clark. "At this point in the winter, typically people drive better. At the start, people seem to have forgotten how to drive in snow."

"Every storm we are busy," said Capt. Ray Keefe, commander of Troop D of the Vermont State Police, with barracks in Brattleboro, Rockingham and Royalton.

It's not just on the roads where people need to be safe, said Keefe.

On the weekend of Feb. 23 and 24, there were two fatal snowmobile accidents, one in Peru and the other in Rutland.

Accuweather.com’s Brian Edwards said there are no big storms on the horizon.

"But that doesn't mean a big one couldn't come up the coast in March," he said.

Bob Audette can be reached at raudette@reformer.com, or at 802-254-2311, ext. 160. Follow Bob on Twitter @audette.reformer.