Road crews plan for weekend storm

ODOT crews are planning their attack for the weekend storm to hit Youngstown, Ohio.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – With another snowstorm on the way this weekend, snow plow drivers are preparing to work overtime shifts to clear the roads. And with conditions predicted for Sunday, just using salt won’t do.

ODOT District 4 spokesperson Justin Chesnic said crews will have a few different chemicals to fight a possible 6 to 12 inches of snow and subzero temperatures.

“When it gets that cold, we don’t just use salt on the roads. We will use some salt mixed with calcium chloride. We will use some beet juice as well and basically those chemicals that are a little bit stronger to help melt that snow and ice bond from the roadways,” Chesnic said.

Starting just after midnight Saturday into Sunday, about 40 ODOT snow plows will be working to clear U.S. routes, state routes and interstates in Mahoning and Trumbull Counties.

“They travel extremely slow. They travel between 35 and 40, 45 miles per hour. Try to stay behind them. That is the safest place to be during a snow event,” Chesnic said.

Roads could be busier than a typical winter Sunday because of the Super Bowl. Party goers are urged to use designated drivers and be aware of the changing weather conditions.

Heading into Monday, Chesnic says you may want to leave a few minutes early for your commute.

“When it is snowing that hard and that fast, sometimes the crews just can’t keep up,” Chesnic said.

The good news for ODOT crews is they have no shortage of salt to throw at the snow this weekend. Chesnic said crews have only used about half as much salt as they did at this time last winter, which was a record year for salt usage in the region.

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