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Old 01-12-2017, 04:34 PM   #41
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I remember those snowplows from when I was kid in upstate NY. The snowplows always seemed to show up right after I shoveled the driveway like they did it on purpose.
Yup ~ just like the trains. They always show up blocking the roadway when you are in hurry or going to lunch!

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Old 01-12-2017, 04:36 PM   #42
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All trucks here in rural Michigan...and they go about 50mph. I guess they figure time is money. Maybe they use graders in cities. That thing was creeping along.
Yup, they run trucks filled with sand/salt mixture and a big V plow or straight blade on the front here too in the country. About 50 MPH sounds right.
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I haven't seen any fresh salt on the roads here yet. But I do see the sand in the middle that I mentioned before. And the plow truck was going by a lot one day earlier in the week. Just sand today. Salt isn't effective under a certain temperature, like 15 degrees or so??
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It's near 10 below zero now and wind chill is -33 ~ and heading for -20 to -25 below actual temperature overnight..depending on where you check.

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Our street crew says salt does no good in the long run when temps are at or below freezing because when it warms up (air temp) enough for the salt to melt the ice and then it freezes again, it will make the street/road slick again. Sand only works for traction and, again, only above freezing, doesn't help on ice! We are supposed to be getting freezing rain after 5 tonight, maybe, and the majority of the freezing rain/ice coming Sunday with up to an inch accumulation!
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Our street crew says salt does no good in the long run when temps are at or below freezing because when it warms up (air temp) enough for the salt to melt the ice and then it freezes again, it will make the street/road slick again. Sand only works for traction and, again, only above freezing, doesn't help on ice! We are supposed to be getting freezing rain after 5 tonight, maybe, and the majority of the freezing rain/ice coming Sunday with up to an inch accumulation!
I have to disagree with your road crew. Salt is effective below freezing. It does clear the road, at least here in Michigan. I think scraping busy roads a lot causes roads to be slicker; especially where there is a lot of traffic. Driving on snow to me is better than that for traction.

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