We've all done it before: Looked at a snow-covered road and wondered "Where are the plows?" Well even when they're working overtime, weather this harsh makes the plow drivers' job nearly impossible. Geoff Redick has that story.
ALBANY COUNTY, N.Y. -- When the thermometer dips to single digits and below, plowing snow is no easy task.
"It's very slow and very stressful," said Jake Donnelly, Albany County snowplow operator.
In eight years behind the big wheel, Donnelly has seen all kinds of snow. But cold snow makes his job hardest.
Donnelly said, "The cold just defeats the purpose of the salt. It won't do its job, it won't melt the snow off. It just makes it very mushy and very slippery."
Sand won't work either, so the only option is to scrape as much snow off the road as possible and hope for the best.
"Gives everybody something to have a little bit of hard traction, to keep going until the storm breaks," Donnelly said.
"You know, stay off the streets if you don't have to. It frees up for the plows to go out and do their jobs," said Albany County Executive Dan McCoy.
McCoy has been at the helm enough winters to know the plow driver's job is already hard enough.
"My hat's off to the crews out here at DPW, that will be out here round the clock for the next three days, to keep the roads safe for people to pass on," McCoy said.
As long as this arctic chill persists, most roads will stay messy. Donnelly is only asking for enough room to do his job.
"Give the plow truck as much room as you possibly safely can. You know, you don't want to be passing the plow trucks because then you could cause a serious incident," Donnelly said. "We're out here just trying to do our job so everybody can get where they've got to go safely and get back to their family."