Rural towns prepare for first significant snowfall

By WEEK Producer

December 13, 2013 Updated Dec 14, 2013 at 12:03 AM CDT

PRINCEVILLE, Ill. -- State and city crews across central Illinois will be working throughout the night treating and clearing snow paved roadways.

However for many rural townships, they are tasked with cleaning up the snow with very little resources.

The township of Princeville is all geared up for the winter weather advisory.

They have two full-time employees who will cover 45-square miles of the township by themselves on Friday night.

Instead of using the typical snow plow trucks, they will be clearing the way with two large tractor plows.

"If you go back four years when we had that major snow storm, we put a lot of hours in on this equipment...both of these pieces of equipment behind, we probably averaged 400 hours that winter," said Robbie Ingle, Princeville Township Road Commissioner.

Township officials do not believe they will need to treat the roads with any salt and may not begin plowing until the snow starts to pack.