Snowplows are busy keeping Winnebago County roads clean

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- The weather over the past few days has left Winnebago County plow drivers busy and there's no sign of them slowing down anytime soon.

Carlos Molina, the operations manager at the Winnebago County Highway Department, says its ready for whatever the weather brings.

"Well, today we're going to stay until the storm passes. We think it's going to be done by 7, 8 p.m. So we're going to probably be working until 10 p.m., just cleaning up," says Molina.

That means drivers like Jason Ferro will be out and about cleaning the roads so that you can make it safe from point A to point B. But while most people think that snow is their biggest obstacle, Ferro says it's the people out in the snow.

Ferro says, "Well traffic is number one. People on cell phones and driving a little too fast for conditions."

Ferro has been driving snowplows for 18 years and says he's shocked by the number of people who still use their phone while driving, despite the road conditions being so bad. As far the roads go, Molina is confident his team will get the job done.

"Well we do get all our roads, we just need time," adds Molina. "You know when it keeps snowing, this is a slow developing storm, it's going to be snowing for eight, nine hours. So people just need to be patient."

The county has more than 300 miles of road to cover and on days like this, there are 20 plow trucks out there at any given time. Those 20 trucks can use from 60 to 120 tons of salt and mix an hour. Even with all that salt out there, Molina says your best bet is to stay inside.

"We always say, do not go out if you don't have to," says Molina.

While the snowplows are out, Molina reminds us to keep our distance. It not only keeps us safe but it also prevents salt from hitting our car.