ODOT prepares for first snowfall - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

ODOT prepares for first snowfall

Drivers had training Friday to prepare for the upcoming winter season. (Source: WOIO) Drivers had training Friday to prepare for the upcoming winter season. (Source: WOIO)
Salt domes are full on ODOT grounds. (Source: WOIO) Salt domes are full on ODOT grounds. (Source: WOIO)
NORTHEAST OHIO (WOIO) -

Since ODOT's trucks have been sitting idle for months, crews are reviewing their routes in preparation for the first snowfall many areas will see this weekend.

Friday was a training day for seasonal drivers.

"It was very important for us to get our guys in the trucks. Get them behind the wheel. Get familiar with their routes. Get them familiar with the trucks themselves and the equipment," explains Jocelynn Clemings with ODOT.

ODOT has more than 1,800 plow trucks ready to do the job.

They even have a website to help commuters stay on top of weather conditions, construction and traffic.

"We've had all summer to become accustomed to clean and dry roads and we forget our winter driving habit. Slow down and give yourself plenty of space between yourself and the car in front of you," says Clemings.

Domes are now filled to the top with salt, yet another reminder that winter is just around the corner.

As crews hit the road this weekend, you may notice trucks with new strobe light dimmer switches to reduce the brightness of the colors.

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