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My crazy winter weather story

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Feb 14, 2014

My crazy winter weather story

The winter weather this year has wreaked all sorts of havoc throughout the nation. The South and Southwest, which aren’t used to the snow and ice, were crippled by the weather with people stuck on the highways for hours and ...

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Winter storms back up Indiana roadways; Crews help southern states without power

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Feb 13, 2014

Winter storms back up Indiana roadways; Crews help southern states without power

During the rough winter weather storms caused by the polar vortex the week after the New Year holiday, snow and ice caused cars to slide off the road, semis to get stuck and some interstates to shut down for hours. According ...

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Illinois Tollway deploys ‘Zero Weather Road Patrols’

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Feb 05, 2014

Illinois Tollway deploys ‘Zero Weather Road Patrols’

Subzero temperatures last week started again sweeping through the Midwest and other areas as part of what has been dubbed as “Polar Vortex Part 2.” (The first Polar Vortex hit much of the country in early January, bringing temps as ...

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PHOTOS: Ohio DOT’s plow operators share their extreme winter weather stories

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Jan 31, 2014

PHOTOS: Ohio DOT’s plow operators share their extreme winter weather stories

Continuing our extreme winter weather snow and ice stories coverage, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) shared with Better Roads some of its photos from the extreme winter weather during the polar vortex at the beginning of this month. Much of ...

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VDOT tackles winter storm with 12-hour shifts

Amanda Bayhi - Jan 30, 2014

VDOT tackles winter storm with 12-hour shifts

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is putting plenty of hours and resources into snow and ice control on state roads. VDOT crews are working 12-hour shifts and using 2,000 pieces of snow removal equipment to clear roads during the most ...

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Extreme winter weather causes massive semi, vehicle pileup (PHOTOS)

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Jan 24, 2014

Extreme winter weather causes massive semi, vehicle pileup (PHOTOS)

Another round of extreme winter weather, including subzero temps and whiteout conditions, has hit some areas of the United States, which is being dubbed by some as “Polar Vortex Part 2.” In Northwestern Lake County, Indiana, more than two feet of ...

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VIDEO: MoDOT battles winter weather with team of two plows

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Jan 22, 2014

VIDEO: MoDOT battles winter weather with team of two plows

Check out this video the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) Southeast District submitted for our series on “Winter Weather War Stories” and snow and ice control. Tony Scholl, senior maintenance worker from the agency’s Perryville Facility, was driving the tow plow ...

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VIDEO: Watch an ice construction crew build and drive a truck made of ice

Amanda Bayhi - Jan 09, 2014

VIDEO: Watch an ice construction crew build and drive a truck made of ice

Were you affected by the polar vortex that brought sub-zero temperatures to some parts of the U.S. this week? In Chicago, temperatures dropped to as low as -45 degrees Fahrenheit. Thank goodness for heaters, right? But what if the vehicle you ...

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Submit your extreme winter maintenance stories and photos

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Jan 07, 2014

Submit your extreme winter maintenance stories and photos

With the polar vortex that has made temperatures in the Midwest drop to subzero temps (with the windchill, temps are as cold as -45 degrees Fahrenheit in Chicago and close to -30 in the Columbus, Ohio, area where I am ...

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Polar vortex forces transportation changes across U.S.

Amanda Bayhi - Jan 06, 2014

Polar vortex forces transportation changes across U.S.

The extremely cold temperatures that began over the weekend in most parts of the U.S. is forcing some state departments of transportation to rethink their winter weather plans. The frigid weather -- which, according to a Huffington Post report, is called ...

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