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Snowy Conditions Slow Down Construction Crews

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RICHLAND, WA. -- Cold weather has a huge affect on workers who have no other option but to be outside.

Most of the snow we got overnight has already melted away, and that's what construction crews like to see. But Tuesday morning, this cold weather affected them more than you might think. 

Workers building the new Marcus Whitman Elementary School in Richland had to change their plans to get around the winter conditions Tuesday. 

Because of the snow, crews had to work solely off their area platforms and area baskets, limiting what progress they could make. Crews couldn't go up on their metal decks since it's much too dangerous with the slippery conditions. 

We asked the project superintendent a simple question, between the extreme heat, or the extreme cold, which would construction workers prefer? His answer might surprise you.

"Generally it's a little easier for us to work in the heat than in the cold," Craig Yeagley said. "It's much safer as long as you maintain good work regimen, getting out of the sun, getting shade and breaks. With the winter, it's so much more dangerous, slick conditions make it harder, you can't go certain places."

Yeagley says he reminds his workers to be as safe as possible on snowy, icy days like Tuesday.

And while this will slow down their work, they plan to make up the time in the coming days. Overall, they're still on track to open the new Marcus Whitman Elementary School by the start of next school year.