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Despite Snow, Yakima Roads are Safe to Drive On

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YAKIMA, Wash.- The city's been preparing for snow and low temperatures since October. Employees say it's been pretty easy to keep the roads safe and clean.

People have been expecting snow for weeks and this snowfall is pretty light so far. Sean Hawkins from the Committee for Downtown Yakima said they shovel downtown streets every morning to keep them clean.

"It's not bad it's just cold, we don't have a lot of accumulation of ice or snow," said Hawkins.

Chris Waarvick from public works says they've been tracking the weather for months and started preparing for snow in late October.

"We fill up our de-icer trucks...our salt shed and just generally get ready for the transition," said Waarvick.

City workers de-iced the streets this weekend before the snow hit the ground. Waarvick says this helps the roads have more traction.

"If there is accumulation of ice and snow it'll pop off quickly when we plow the snow," said Waarvick.

It takes around $7,000 to operate the de-icer trucks and the City is working hard to keep roads safe enough to drive on.

And even though most roads are fairly clear, Employees say there are still things you should keep in mind.

"Icy conditions, limited visibility so cold you might be distracted from driving," said Waarvick.

City employees say they're anticipating more snow this week and they're ready for when it comes.