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Winter Storm Projections For Woodbury Scaled Back

The snow is expected to start Tuesday afternoon.

Projections for a winter snowstorm expected to start Tuesday afternoon have tapered off.

Forecasters initially thought about 6 inches of snow could hit Woodbury through Wednesday.

But the latest information from the National Weather Service shows that accumulation (in a rain, snow, sleet mix) will likely total about an inch through the end of Tuesday, with another 2-4 inches expected on Wednesday.

Snow was coming down steadily at about 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

Thursday’s forecast calls for partly sunny skies with a high near 35.

Woodbury response

At Woodbury’s , “We’re always prepared,” said Jim Triebold, Woodbury street supervisor.

“You have to be because you can’t trust the weather report,” he said with a laugh.

City crews were out during the light dusting Tuesday morning to pre-salt the roads.

“It’s easier to do proactive work when you’ve got a little moisture on the roads,” Triebold said.

Traffic also helps crush down the salt so it stays on the roadways better, he said.

Public Works held a “pre-storm meeting” on Monday to go over procedures and make sure everyone was ready, Triebold said.

“You can’t afford to take it easy,” he said. “You always want to have your nose to the grindstone.”

Road safety

The state Department of Public Safety released the following tips for winter driving Tuesday:

  • Buckle up, and secure child restraints tightly. It is recommended to have bulky winter coats and blankets on top of the child restraint harness, not beneath, to ensure harness restraints fit properly.
  • Drive at safe speeds according to road conditions, and allow plenty of travel time.
  • Increase safe stopping distance between vehicles—at least three seconds.
  • Use extra precaution when driving around snowplows—keep at least five car-lengths behind plows.
  • If skidding, remain calm, ease foot off the gas and turn the steering wheel in the direction you want the front of the vehicle to go.
  • If vehicle has an anti-lock braking system (ABS), apply a steady firm pressure to the brake pedal. Never pump ABS brakes.
  • Clear snow and ice from vehicle windows, hood, headlights, brake lights and directional signals.
  • Headlights must be turned on when it is snowing or sleeting.
  • Do not use cruise control on snow/icy/wet roads.

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