Caltrans Officials Preparing for Sierra Snow

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DONNER PASS -- Caltrans officials are preparing themselves - and the roads. Winter is coming.

"Last I looked, we're looking at 13 to 20 inches of snow in the next two days. We're ready. Bring it on," Dave Wood, the Cal Trans Superintendent for Donner Pass, told FOX40 on Saturday.

If you're planning on driving over the top of the Sierra Nevada on Halloween weekend, Wood is the guy who's going to get you through.

"We've been waiting for this all summer," he smiles.

This guy loves snow. Pushing it. Plowing it. Clearing it.

He's the kind of guy who's got a phone crammed full of videos of snow being moved out the way. And there's only one thing he likes better than showing those videos off- making new ones.

Wood has called back all his seasonal employees. He's staffed up. He's geared up.

He's ready for Sunday night- the first big snow storm of the season.

"As of midnight tonight [Saturday] we'll be a 24-7 operation the rest of the winter," Wood says.

And even though the radar says it's coming in hard Sunday, Wood doesn't quite trust a snow storm. He's had a few spotter crews out already Saturday- watching for flurries than might try to slip by early.

If there's a contingency, they've got a plan for it at the Kingvale Cal Trans Station. But there is one thing even more unpredictable than the weather.

"I'm more concerned about traffic than I am about the snow," Wood says.

He wants drivers to be prepared with chains, prepared to take things slow, and on the lookout for those flashing yellow lights that let them know Cal Trans is hard at work along I-80.

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