Mixed Precipitation Slows Snow Clearing Efforts

Crews to work on roads, sidewalks, transfer station on Monday.

Update 6:51 p.m. Monday 

Despite some mixed precipitation Monday morning, crews made a lot of progress during the day, Public Works Director Robert Martin said.

The town is still concerned with the high banks that make it hard to see at intersections. Many sidewalks also need work, Martin said. 

"We're going to continue to work on clearing sidewalks and sight-lines," Martin said. 

Wednesday, crews also plan to remove snow from Downtown Collinsville as detailed in this post

Update 9:49 a.m.

The mixed precipitation Monday morning put a damper on snow-clearing efforts, largely because crews had to divert their attention to putting salt down on Canton's roads, Public Works Director Robert Martin said. 

Some commuters have reported fairly good conditions. Mark Jurras III, for example, said North Mountain and WoodChuck Hill were in good shape at 7:30 a.m. 

Some roads are slick, however, oddly enough more so in the in the lower elevations, Martin said. 

Once done with salt distribution, crews will get back to pushing back snowbanks where possible, creating wider travel lanes on town roads, Martin said. He said he knows it's been a lot of work for people to clear their driveways and and crews will be mindful of that. 

"We'll try to do the best we can with people's driveways," he said. 

Crews also plan to clear out the town's transfer station and work on sidewalks Monday, Martin said. 

When the roads are set, crews plan to work on sight-lines, especially at intersections. It's a process that will take several days, Martin said. 

In the interim, police Chief Christopher Arciero urges drivers to be careful. 

"Drivers should slow down and be extra careful, particularly at intersections," he said, also urging people to stay off the roads if possible while state and local plows work on the roads.

While school officials would officially make the call and other factors are possible, Martin anticipates that the roads would be safe for bus travel Tuesday. 

Public works crews also plan to remove snow in downtown Collinsville, beginning around 4 a.m. Wednesday. 

Some members of public works have worked 60 hours straight and others have only had brief respites. Martin said he wants to publicly thank them, along with contractors that have helped, especially Canton Village Construction, and town officials and employees. 

"The town employees and contractors have helped our town through a difficult period," he said. "You've got some incredible people here." 

Original Story

On the heels of a blizzard that dumped some two feet of snow in the area, the National Weather Service is forecasting a period of freezing rain in Canton Monday.

Although the precipitation from this front should not be substantial, current road conditions and areas of fog predicted to set in have prompted the NWS to issue a Winter Weather Advisory for Monday morning and roads could become slippery.

Freezing rain is expected to develop after 6 a.m. and change to rain some time after 10 a.m. 

Mixed precipitation will continue until 4 p.m., with a chance to rain continuing after that, according to weather service predictions. 


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