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WSDOT Plows Through Snow

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TRI-CITIES, Wash. - Roads were covered with snow Sunday morning and the Washington State Department of Transportation plowed and salted all throughout the day. 

Barry Manning has seen a lot of winters while working for WSDOT for 18 years.  He had to come to work on his day off to plow the roads.

Manning said, "We're on call 24 hours seven days a week, so its just part of the job."

Sunday, Manning drove over 170 miles all within the Tri-Cities, up and down all the major roadways.

He said the snow was wet and heavy.  Winter is his favorite time to work because there is never a dull moment. 

Manning said the first snowfall is always difficult for drivers.  He said, "It's kind of takes people unexpectedly.  They don't know how to drive in it."

Manning warns people to be careful and prepared, "Keep your chains with you, keep a blanket with you, keep supplies in your car.  You never know even in this area if you are going to slide off the road and it might be quite a while before help can get to you."

Manning said drivers need to be aware of the trucks on the road.  He said, "There's a lot of weight and that truck can't stop on a dime.  There are plow trucks out there and they are just trying to do there job, so give us a break."