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DOH gets ready for upcoming winter season in Kanawha County, WV

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The DOH is getting its trucks ready for the upcoming winter season The DOH is getting its trucks ready for the upcoming winter season

The Division of Highways is getting ready for winter.

On Thursday, DOH District 1 performed safety inspections and prepared the trucks for the first snowfall. District 1 covers Kanawha, Mason, Putnam, Boone, and Clay counties.

Each district has its own strategies for the Snow Removal and Ice Control program.

R.J. Scites is the District 1 Maintenance Engineer. He said they have 20,000 tons of salt ready to go for the upcoming winter season. He said they could use up to 50,000 tons of salt if there's a lot of snow between now and the end of winter.

Scites said it's best to winterize your vehicle in the coming weeks.

"Make sure that they have some sort of emergency supply kit in their car and make sure that they're ready," he said.

Melanie Cobb said this will be her sixth winter with the DOH. She's one of the few women in the state who drives these big snow plow trucks.

"I can say I can do stuff that most men, normal men couldn't do," she said.

Cobb said driving these trucks during the winter can be tough. She said drivers need to slow down when they see a plow truck on the road.

"We're not going to hit you. Just slow down, stay on your side of the road, and we will go past you.

Scites said the DOH is preparing for a wetter winter.

"We will just make the assumption that once it starts snowing, what you'll get is instead of one or two days, you might get three or four or five days in a row," Scites said.

Scites said the trucks will be ready to go whenever it snows.