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Pierce County’s fleet of snow and de-icing equipment clear the roads

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Dec. 17, 2008 at 8:00 am |
December 17, 2008 8:00 am

Throughout Pierce County, 26 snow plows, two road graders and six anti-icer trucks are working to clear the roads for morning commuters.

Road crews are working a.m. and p.m. shifts to provide round-the-clock coverage.

Bruce Wagner, Pierce County road operations division manager, reports that temperatures are staying around the freezing mark, depending on the location.

“We are experiencing intermittent snow flurries county-wide, heavy at times,” Wagner wrote in an e-mail. “Most county arterials and collectors range from bare and wet to light snow coverage. Our crews were able to pre-treat most priority roads with anti-icer before the snow began to fall, which is paying dividends now by preventing the snow/ice from bonding with pavements.”

The weather forecast calls for continued snowfall throughout the day. The heaviest accumulations could be in the eastern and southern parts of Pierce County.

“We are told to expect snowfall to taper off this evening and temps will again drop well below freezing through Friday,” Wagner wrote. “There is another potential for lowland snow this weekend.”

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