Snowfall Could Actually Help Road Conditions

By Jack Fink, CBS 11 News

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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  • Bob

    You got to be kidding!

  • Marshall

    Are you kidding? What’s more dangerous than icy roads? That’s an easy one -snow covered icy roads. This is just enouthe snow to cover the patches of ice on the roadway making driving even more dangerous. I grew up in upstate NY where winter was a solid 4 months and snowfall was often measured by the foot and I’ve never seen roadways this bad.

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  • Scott

    Our Garbage lines the streets. Our schools are closed. We can’t get to work because of ice and snow. We can’t get to the store to buy food. And more snow is going to, get this, “Help”?

    Spare me. Whoever wrote this article must live in some form of alternate reality.

    I agree with Marshall. I lived in Iowa for 8 years. And I have never seen anything like this. Its a disaster for DFW.

    We can’t just basically shut down the city for a week because of weather. That is completely unacceptable.

  • Rebecca

    Yeah, I don’t think it’s helping so much this morning. To be fair, they may not have expected THIS much snow. But, it’s probably time to remove this article or the nuts that read it without using common sense may get on the road and cause more accidents.

  • jdoe

    Headline is irresponsible. Article is pointless.

  • Homer

    I agree w/ Marshall and Scott. It is time for Texans to look outside their big state and see how other states deal with the reality of winter weather. For starter put a snow plow on the front of the sand trucks driving around and put some salt and sand on all the roads after plowing the snow off. Aguilar and other street/highway departments need to get to work on this. The DFW area looks like a bunch of cry babies when we get more than a dusting of snow.

  • Kendra

    DFW doesn’t want to face the reality that each year we get colder and colder with more and more winter weather. When are they going to wake up and realize that salt may damage the roads but lives are more important then damaged roads. DFW seems to be saying our roads are more important then people’s lives. Most can’t get to work which means most don’t get paid. Those that do get on the roads because they have to at least try end up in wrecks which in some cases include injuries and death. But because it might damage our roads. We will only sand rather that salt. Guess that would explain why football is more important then hospitals when it comes to electricity.

  • Rebecca

    Homer: I don’t really believe that is what Marshall or Scott said at all, but I could be mistaken, and this seems to be more than a dusting of snow, it’s snow on top of black ice that has been frozen on the streets for days! And they are putting snow plows out there with the sand trucks, they have been running all night, but as soon as things get sanded down, more snow covers it up. I think that this current weather is unprecedented in a state that rarely goes below freezing for very long and that we are justified in our inability to really handle it correctly.

    You probably wouldn’t tell the people up north that are used to never being above 75 degrees that when they have a few days of 100 degree weather (like we get for months!) to suck it up and get central heat and air, rather than the window units that work just fine for that climate, would you?

  • Dave N

    grew up and lived in Iowa 40+ years before moving here in 2003. light powdery snow on top of icy slick roads? it will make conditions worse! whoever wrote that article has never experienced these conditions and should refrain from giving people bad advice!


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