Wet roads made snow-prep harder

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- The weather has made it harder for local road crews to do their jobs.

Workers with the city say the rain makes it hard to prep roads for potential snow.

On a normal day, street crews will lay down magnesium chloride on the roads before a snowstorm hits to give drivers more traction, but with the rain, they can't do that.

The water washes the chemical off the road, and does no good when snow hits.

Crews say it's one of the hardest times of year to manage streets.

"We want to pull the equipment down, and take these snowplows off, and do some other stuff, but in March, and in March in Colorado, it can be 60 degrees one day, and then the next day you are looking at six inches of snow. So, it's a really tough time of the year," said Streets and Solid Waste Manager, Darrin Starr.

Potholes are also a big issue for the city, and they'll be patching up big ones around town with cold asphalt this week.

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