Wet snow creates slick conditions

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

The snow is keeping road crews across the mountains very busy.

We've been fortunate this winter because most of the snow we've seen has been dry and powdery. But this wet snow could leave a mess on the roads.

As the wet flakes started to fall, most folks let it be known that the snow had worn out its welcome.

"I'm absolutely tired of it. I'm just hoping none of the power goes out from this wet snow," said Dave Thomas.

"That's the only time it should snow is Christmas, then after that it is done, finished," said Josephine Spencer.

Chemicals do not work on this type of snow.

"This type of snow here, we'll have to use our plows a lot more than our chemicals," said Claude Cooper, with the Department of Highways.

The Highway Department even brought in a few contract crews to make sure they had enough trucks.

But as night falls, all this slush will likely turn to ice.

"As the temperature drops toward night, the slush will tend to freeze solid and that's even more dangerous," said Cooper.

Folks said they are ready for the winter weather to go.

"The snow's over with. I'm hoping that it's all over with," said Thomas.

Crews will be treating roads Wednesday night so they do not refreeze.

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