SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR-TV) - With the first big snow falling on Saturday, about 22 crews with the Syracuse Department of Public Works worked around the clock to plow and salt city streets.
“We usually do the main roads, all the hills, and head into the side streets,” said Syracuse DPW Commissioner Pete O’Connor.
Over the entire weekend, more than 20 DPW drivers will work 12-hour shifts until the snow lets up.
"We have a full crew today and we now have called everybody for a full crew tonight and a full crew most likely tomorrow night also,” said O’Connor.
NewsChannel 9 found some drivers struggling to stay on the road as they navigated through ice and snow.
“The weather was bad the winds were fierce it was blowing the cars around and you could see the semi-s were swerving,” said Bob Wilson.
Wilson drove down from Connecticut today to pick up his daughter from college. Along the way, he saw dozens of cars swerve off the road and speeding semi trucks lose control and fishtail on the icy highways.
"There was a state trooper there and people outside the road he was headed right for them but just regained control, we saw the tracks later it was right next to one of the parked cars somebody that stopped to help,” said Wilson.
If you have any issues related to the snow and your street, call the Syracuse Department of Public Works at 448-CITY.