WASHINGTON — On Monday night D.C. deployed its snow team to spread a brine mix on District streets ahead of the potential snowfall predicted to fall Wednesday morning.
It was the first time this 2021 winter season that snowplows rolled out on D.C. streets to tackle a winter weather job.
The trucks set out to put a hot brine mixture on every District street, a process that D.C Department of Public Works Acting Director Christine Davis said typically happens about 72 hours before any projected snowfall.
“This is part of our snow process," Davis said. "This is how we combat inclement weather in the District of Columbia. We’re going to brine the streets so we have safe passages for people to travel in and out of the district and students and employees and those who work in the district can go about their normal day.”
During winter weather events, the Snow Team pre-treats roads with nearly 42,000 tons of salt, 86,000 gallons of brine and 10,500 gallons of raw beet juice, according to a district statement.
Ahead of this potential weather event, Davis said there is something working in our favor, the warm temperatures we've seen across the region over the last few days.
"The road temperatures are relatively high, even though when the storm starts the temperatures will at least be in the upper 30s so it’s less likely to freeze on contact, and coupled with the brine we’ve got a lot to work with," Davis said.
On Wednesday morning the District will do a partial deployment of its snow trucks filled with salt to address any areas if needed.
Davis said she doesn't expect there to be any issues because of the brine doing its job and temperatures that don't expect to stick around long at below-freezing temperatures.
Ahead of snowplows hitting the roads officials ask drivers to give the trucks plenty of space to do their work.
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