So Much Snow, Hard for Plows to Keep Up

Updated: 12/03/2013 6:39 PM
Created: 12/03/2013 6:37 PM
By: Maarja Anderson

As we prepare for round two of our first snow storm in the Northland, many are still catching their breath from round one. Main roads are considered to be in fair condition, but that's not the case for all streets.

Plows have been out clearing the roads all day and helping them is a lot of sand.

"We're geared up this time of the year to meet the demand," explained North American Salt Company plant manager, Mark LaLiberte.

They have piles of salt that will be loaded up and trucked across the Northland. LaLiberte said it's necessary for vehicle safety and snow storms are a busy time for the salt company.

"It doesn't allow the snow and ice to stick to the pavement, so pre-applying is critical and then continuous application as the weather builds," said LaLiberte.

They pack salt to be retailed and used at your home on sidewalks and driveways, and then they also supply for cities and towns, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

"The problem with a storm like this is the snow continues to come down. We can get through with our plows and a few minutes later it's snow covered again, so we really encourage motorists to use extra caution driving," said Beth Petrowske with MnDOT.

MnDOT has 98 trucks out covering interstates and highways, which are the main arteries across the northeast region.

Duluth crews, however, have 400 miles of roads to cover within the city, including main roads and residential streets. Driving through the city today, it wasn't hard for an Eyewitness News crew to find areas still digging themselves out, but the city asks residents to be patient, their crews are out there, trying to keep up with each round of snow.

MnDOT reminds drivers to drive for the conditions and to follow posted detours.

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