Throughout the United States, early glimpses of winter have hit. Snowstorms have caused icy roads and dangerous driving conditions.
According to the National Weather Service, over a foot of snow has already accumulated in parts of Michigan. The same goes for New England.
In the South, parts of Virginia and Tennessee have already seen flurries.
USA Today reports that there have been at least nine deaths related to November storms and cold temperatures.
Sheriffs in Eaton County Michigan said that two women, ages 81 and 64, and a man, 57, were killed in a two-car crash caused by icy road conditions. An 8-year-old girl was killed in a three-car crash in Kansas.
In Ohio, snowy road conditions led to a crash involving more than 50 cars on I-80 near Austintown, leaving two people seriously injured.
More locally, a bus tipped over on Interstate 81 in Preble, New York, on Tuesday. No injuries were reported.
Throughout the Southern Tier, 3 to 8 inches of snow has fallen in the past three days, causing road conditions similar to those reported in other parts of the country.
In the Greater Olean area, local highway personnel are up early to clear roads and are constantly maintaining road safety throughout the day.
In the Town of Cuba, the road clearing process starts as early as 4 a.m., according to Highway Superintendent Chad Smith.
Hinsdale Highway Superintendent Theodore Mascho and Olean Highway Superintendent Patrick Zink said that road clearing starts at 5 a.m. in their municipalities.
Mascho said that getting out early is especially important on schooldays.
“It’s important that we get out before the busses to prevent any emergency situations from happening,” he said.
On the weekend, Mascho said the process starts around 7 a.m.
When accidents do occur, all three municipalities are quick to attend to them. Zink, Smith and Mascho all reported response times of less than 30 minutes for emergency services.
The frequency of accidents is lessened by municipal highway staff not only going out in the morning but throughout the day until conditions are clear.
“We’ll come back in and then go out and work more," Zink said. "We’ll work as long as it takes if necessary.”
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