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City says it's too cold for salt to work


MADISON WKOW) -- The Madison Streets Department superintendent says it's too cold for the salt crews have spread on roads to work, so crews have now switched to a sand-salt mix to try and give drivers more traction on slippery roads.

Below is the latest update from Madison Streets Superintendent Chris Kelley, posted on the city's web site at 4:30 p.m.:

Temperatures have fallen below the level where salt will work effectively. Given the cold pavement and the ineffectiveness of salt, most Madison streets will be snow covered as you head for home. Our crews had been applying salt to try to prevent the snow from bonding with the pavement.

We are now switching over to a sand/salt mixture for the remainder of the evening. The sand will not melt the snow, but it will provide an abrasive that will help with traction. Since our trucks will be caught in the same rush hour traffic as most motorists, you should expect slippery conditions on your drive home.

Snow continues to fall and we have already received over an inch and a half of snow so far with more on the way. Snow is predicted to fall throughout the early morning hours. We will continue to apply sand and evaluate the situation around four a.m. when temperatures are predicted to rise and salt use will again be an option.

We hope to be able to apply salt to our main streets in order to open them up for the morning commute.  However, motorists should plan on a slow morning drive. Set your alarms early to be sure you get to work on time.

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