There has been a lot of changes with the storm system that is heading our way later today into Saturday. Wright County Highway Maintenance Superintendent Nate Helgeson said the projections for snow has been varying great as the areas impact continues to shift.
“I’ve watched a bunch of different models since 5 o’clock this morning,” Helgeson said. “Some of the models have the storm sliding to the southeast, which would have part of the county getting an inch or so and some parts being shut out completely. Some models have it pushing a little more to the northwest, which would bring two to three inches. But right now we’re planning on one to two inches.”
Helgeson said it looks like Wright County will avoid the worst of the storm, but added that snowfall won’t be the issue with this storm.
“The snow isn’t going to be the biggest problem with this storm, it’s going to be the wind,” Helgeson said. “It doesn’t really matter how much snow we get out of this, the wind is going to be the problem regardless. The data is showing sustained winds of about 15 to 20 miles per hour from this afternoon all the way through Monday morning.”
Helgeson most of the work the plows will be doing is scraping road surfaces where they encounter accumulating or drifting snow – primarily in open areas. Because the air temperature will be very cold, there isn’t a plan to use chemicals on the road because they are ineffective and tend to attract snow and clump up when temperatures drop near zero degrees.
Depending on where they are needed, plows will be out until about 11 a.m. and depending on the level of blowing and drifting, drivers will be called in overnight so the road system is cleared by sunrise Saturday.