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Freezing temps make clearing roads difficult

Updated: Wednesday, January 22 2014, 05:44 PM CST
Reported by: James Tully

HARRISBURG -- Beside the sun, there isn't much that can melt snow and ice with the freezing temperatures and sub-zero wind chills.

That includes salt. "As cold as it is right now, Sometimes you think it'd be better just leaving the snow there," Jeff Roberts said.

Roberts owns Lawn Munchers, and during the winter he's contracted to do some snow plowing.

This year Roberts, like everyone else, is facing serious challenges keeping the roads clear.

Tuesday night into Wednesday morning as the temperatures took a plunge, salt treatments weren't able to melt snow and ice. "The traffic helps drive the salt into the ground which helps melt it. With the winds picking up it'll be tough not to use some kind of anti-skid mixed in with the salt," says Chris Weikert.

Weikert also has a fleet of plows. We spoke to him Tuesday night. 

Anti-skid mostly consists of gravel and sand. It's tougher on your car but even when frozen, it provides traction.

Another concern coming from PennDOT are snow drifts.

With winds that came from the north secondary roads that runs east and west are the ones that are most likely to be affected.
Freezing temps make clearing roads difficult

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