CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte street crews are gearing up for winter weather.
Crews spent the week practicing at their annual training program. The city puts 32 plows and spreaders on the dump trucks and then drives a simulated course. Drivers practice plowing in tandem and the cones represent real life obstacles, like disabled cars.
"This is so important to our drivers, to get the feel of these trucks with these plows and these spreaders on these big tandem big dump trucks," said Ken Martin, Deputy Superintendent.
Last year, Charlotte saw such little winter weather that they never actually used some equipment.
"It is a double edged sword because these guys don't get a whole lot of practice. We may get two or three snows here in Charlotte where we don't even put the plows on, like last year. We didn't even put them on," said Martin.
Yet, this year, crews might put all this practice to good use.
"What we're hearing so far is that it's going to be colder in the southeast and wetter, which means we could get some frozen precipitation," added Martin.
If Charlotte does seem snow this year, Charlotte Department of Transportation has preparedness of their side.
"Our goal is to make sure we've got one well-usable lane for the citizens on all major thoroughfares on our first out, so the city doesn't become crippled," said crew trainer Neil Efird.