Afternoon snow prompts extra road crews

Salt crews will be out most of Monday night, officials say

Published On: Dec 16 2013 02:50:14 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 16 2013 05:45:59 PM CST
MADISON, Wis. -

With the scattered snow falling in the area Monday afternoon, city officials are scheduling crews to keep roads in good driving condition.

Chris Kelley, Madison Streets Division superintendent, said temperatures have fallen below the level that salt can work effectively, so they have started applying a sand and salt mixture.

According to a release, sand will not melt the snow, but it will provide an abrasive that will help with traction.

Light snow falling Monday afternoon and night is expected to add up to 1 to 3 inches by Tuesday morning, News 3 meteorologist Haddie McLean said. High temperatures will be in the upper teens.

The Madison Streets Division has 32 trucks applying salt on main streets, bus routes and routes to schools and hospitals, according to a release.

Crews will remain on the streets throughout the evening, officials said. Another set of 32 trucks are scheduled to come in at midnight.

Officials urge driver to allow extra time to get home as the timing of the snowfall could make the evening commute difficult.