Low temperatures keep Hutchinson roads snow packed

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HUTCHINSON, Kan.-- Low temperatures are preventing the City of Hutchinson from putting salt on main roads.

Since Tuesday early morning, public works crews have been plowing the snow off of the arterial roads in Hutchinson.

"That's kind of business as normal when you have a snow storm like this for the public works department," said Reg Jones, director of public works.

Public works operated all eight dump trucks equipped with plows during the snow storm. Crews worked 12-hour shifts to prevent snow from accumulating on the main streets but many arterial roads remained snow packed.

"We just want to encourage them to drive with caution and probably not get out anymore than they have to. The roads are snow packed and being snow packed, they're slick. They'll probably be that way through the week and into the weekend," said Jones.

Jones said salt is not effective during the frigid temperatures. They expect to put the salt down on roads on Friday, if temperatures reach the lower 20s.

About nine inches of snow fell in the Hutchinson area.

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