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As Storm Rolls the Deicer in Kennewick is Helping Keep Streets Safer

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KENNEWICK, Wash-- Another storm is rolling in but the Kennewick Pubic Works Department says the roads might be better this time. The roads already have a few layers of salt and de-icer from the last two storms.

The roads are looking slushier today. What the deicer does is help break up the snow. It's a magnesium chloride product that works well in temperatures between 20 and 32 degrees. 

Road crews also put down salt, which stays longer when moisture hits it because of it's granulated. The Kennewick Public Works Department is not applying any more products to the roads today. 

They applied salt and liquid deicer when the first storm hit. Then they put down more and added sand at many intersections during the second storm.

"What your going to see now is that product is below the snow and will start activating as temperatures warm up and help slush up and break the snow loose from the road," said Peter Beaudry, Kennewick Public Works Director.

Besides snow we might see some freezing rain. The Beaudry says the freezing rain could help melt the snow. Drivers still need to be very cautious especially as roads become more slippery.

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