Icy grip not releasing Miami Valley just yet

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) — A cold blast could lead to refreezing Monday night and Tuesday morning on area roads.

Crews around the Miami Valley spent Monday clearing ice covered roads.

We found main roads were just wet during the day, while many side streets were still covered in ice and slush, but dropping temperatures could create more problems for drivers through the night and morning.

“There will be considerable refreezing tonight on all roads so everybody needs to be careful,” says Montgomery County Engineer Paul Gruner.

Montgomery County sent its salt truck drivers home Monday afternoon but expects they’ll likely have them all back in overnight to prepare the roads for the morning drive.

That means using more salt.

When it comes to the salt movers and shakers, so far this year they’ve had more to move because Mother Nature’s made sure there’s been less to shake.

Those at Robinson Salt Supply in West Carrollton are the ones who make sure contractors and stores have enough salt.

The slow start to winter eased concerns about salt shortages like the ones we experienced last year, but with a pair of storms the last few weeks, we wanted to know if supplies will hold out.

“It all depends,” says Toby Robinson. “It’s like the depth chart on a football team. If you’ve got a deep roster you’re going to be all right but a couple of good snows and we’re going to be back in the situation we were last year.”

The lower temperatures over the next few days will be even harder on salt supplies.

“Salt is a very effective ice melter but as soon as you get to 5 degrees or below it’s not going to melt at all,” Robinson says.

We likely won’t get that cold this week, but even at 15 degrees salt doesn’t work as well.

Robinson says calcium chloride on its own or blended with the salt can help keep sidewalks and driveways clear in the frigid temperatures.

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