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Snowfall Could Actually Help Road Conditions

By Jack Fink, CBS 11 News
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A highway sign advises motorists to the dangerous driving conditions. (credit: Erik S. Lesser/Getty Images)

A highway sign advises motorists to the dangerous driving conditions. (credit: Erik S. Lesser/Getty Images)

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Road crews say the light fluffy snow could help provide more traction than the ice still on many streets.  If it were to be heavy, wet snow, it would freeze — making it worse.

On streets that have dry tracks, the snow could cover them up, making driving more challenging.

Brian Gaddis says he’s noticed road conditions are improving, but with more snow on the way overnight, Gaddis says, “It’s going to be interesting driving.”

To prepare, TxDOT crews just unloaded a brand new shipment of de-icing mix, so they can apply it on area highways.  TxDOT and cities around North Texas say their sand trucks haven’t stopped running.

Gilbert Aguilar, the director of the City of Dallas Streets Department says, “We’ve got folks on stand-by. We’ve got folks here. We’re ready to beef up if we have to beef up.”

Besides De-Icer, crews use a mixture of sand and salt.  They say using only salt would damage the roads.

At Herb’s Paint and Body in Richardson, wrecks and damaged cars have really accelerated business.

Company chairman Alan Walne says, “We’re seeing an awful lot of stuff where people are losing it, running over curbs and into brick walls, I’ve heard all kinds of stories.”

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