MnDOT Faces Problems Arising from Snowfall During Bitter Cold Weather

December 28, 2017 01:28 PM

The Minnesota Department of Transportation said crews have been facing some challenges in preparing for the latest batch of snow that was complicating Thursday morning's commute.

MnDOT reported the snowfall would cause slick spots. KSTP was told plows would be out doing their best, but when snowfall mixes with bitter cold temperatures, a couple problems arise.

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Once the temperature drops below 5 degrees, regular rock salt won't work, so crews won't be spreading as much as they typically would.

There are, however, a handful of other chemicals that will work in extremely low temperatures, but MnDOT officials said they expect the morning commute to quickly turn the snow into ice.

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"We will have some slick spots out there, a little bit of black ice, and we will get what's called refreeze where the snow will melt from temperatures of tires and vehicles and re-freeze on the roadway so people should walk out for slick spots," Kent Barnard, with MnDOT, said.

MnDOT officials said they hope a few things will work in their favor this morning.

Wind could possibly keep the snow from really accumulating, plus roads throughout the state have seen plenty of snow already this year, so there could be a little salt left on the road to maybe slow or even stop that bond between the ice and pavement.

Also, MnDOT is expecting fewer commuters than usual given it's the time between holidays. 

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