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Workers must deal with snowfall

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KENNEWICK, Wash;-- The weather outside has caused numerous problems today, but some people are required to work in it regardless of the snowfall.

"We can't have people slipping and falling," Tom Scarborough said after he de-iced a local parking lot.

Preventing slipups is what brought Tom out this morning. He works for Senske Lawn and Tree Care. As the sun came up during the early morning hours, we found him performing his de-icing magic to keep large parking lots around the Tri-Cities safe.

"It's a liquid de-ice and as it works it's way through the cement it'll spread out and it stops the ice from bonding to the asphalt," he said.

Tom isn't the only one working to keep people on their feet and out of harm. Workers in all professions were outside today clearing sidewalks, changing outside lights, but mostly de-icing parking lots and roads.

Whether it rains or snows tonight, workers will be back on the job tomorrow, and as for those de-icing companies, this weather is what they prepare for all year around.

--Hilary Whittier. If you have story ideas please email