City of Albany, DOT say they’re ready for winter storm

Snow is on the way for the Capital Region, and the state Department of Transportation is busy preparing.

NewsChannel 13’s First Warning meteorologists are forecasting more than half a foot of snow for most areas in the Capital Region.

The city of Albany has GPS devices for ITA trucks and contractors to help keep track of what streets are being worked on. In order to get the roads cleared, the city needs people to avoid parking in the streets.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan says they are trying to make that easier for residents, with timed parking restrictions in Washington Park being suspended at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

DOT crews were busy looking over snowplows Thursday, making sure they are ready to go.

For the last storm, DOT had 185 snowplows for the greater Capital Region, and crews worked in 12-hour shifts.