With the first big storm of the season in the forecast, some Danbury officials have questions about the new material being used to treat the roads. Danbury is not using the same treatment system as the state, which is a liquid pre-treatment brine. But the Public Works Department does try to get out before the road gets covered.
Director Antonio Iadarola says the last storm was small, but it was a complicated ice storm. The product worked well overall. There was a lot of training, and a mock test was done with everyone sent out on their routes. Iadarola says that paid off.
The Department is making some adjustments to the sand trucks. Iadarola says they'll have to wait until this next storm to see how those work.
Meteorologists say tens of millions of Americans from Washington to Boston and the Ohio Valley could be walloped by an end-of-the-week snowstorm. Although it's still early, computer forecast models are forecasting a windy, strong storm. The big questions are where and how much.
National Weather Service forecaster Rich Otto said an upper-level disturbance in the air will join with other unstable air and become a nor'easter Friday evening over the Mid Atlantic, moving up the coast on Saturday.