CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — With snow in the forecast for Saturday, area emergency services experts are giving some advice ahead of the storm.

Jefferson County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Deputy Director Dick Myers gave tips to residents with dealing with impending snow fall starting with shoveling:

Meyers also had advice for homeowners:

And for motorists:

Dick Myers was a guest on Friday’s Panhandle Live.  You can hear his full remarks here.

The West Virginia Department of Transportation has been busy on area roads prepping for the precipitation.  A press release from the Division of Highways says, “Statewide, WVDOH has over 1,000 trucks mounted with plows with salt spreading capabilities. Each truck is assigned a driver for a 12-hour day shift and a 12-hour night shift so that a driver is on the roadway 24 hours a day.”

With the  weather forecast for the upcoming weekend of Friday, January 5, 2024 through Sunday, January 7, 2024 calling for a wintry mix, WVDOH drivers will use an increased amount of stone mixed with salt.

Statewide, the WVDOH has a stockpile of more than 231,000 tons of salt, according to the press release.

A typical snowplow holds 12 tons of salt, enough to treat about 100 lane miles of road. That’s about a 50-mile stretch of two-lane road, or about 25 miles of four-lane.