CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Highways announced that is preparing for possible snow later in the week.

According to a release on Jan. 5, the DOH has salt stockpiled, snowplows staffed and crews ready to work 24 hours a day to respond to any snow-related weather event that might arise.

Forecasters, including StormTracker 12, are predicting several inches of snow in West Virginia from Thursday, Jan. 6, through Friday, Jan. 7.

“Our trucks are mounted with snow-fighting equipment and our inventories are full and stockpiled,” said Joe Pack, P.E., Deputy State Highway Engineer of Division Operations. Weapons in the battle against snow and ice include 185 new snowplows purchased through funding provided by Gov. Jim Justice.

The release also said that crews are on standby to work around the clock, seven days a week if necessary to clear snow and ice from West Virginia roadways.

Pack urged motorists to give snowplows a wide berth as they do their jobs on the highway. “If drivers see one of our plows on the road the best thing they can do is give us lots of space,” Pack said. “It is a dangerous activity, we are distributing material out of the truck, and it allows our driver to be able to perform their job duties.”

Stick with 12 News and Stormtracker 12 for updates on winter weather.