Our area is up for another weekend of winter weather and snow advisories. Northwest counties are already under Snow Emergencies as of early Saturday morning with the wind and snow blowing outside.
Road crews are currently outside trying to keep the roads as clear as possible for drivers, but this weekend will provide a particular challenge. When the snow is blowing and drifting as it is now, it is difficult to clear it. We are also dealing with very cold temperatures, making it extremely difficult to pre-treat the roadways.
The District 2 Deputy Director Todd Audet explained to 13 ABC News that what they are using is called beet heat.
“We’ll use the beet heat, which is a beet derivative that has the ability to melt snow and ice at lower temp. It’s very expensive, but we’ll apply that at locations that are safety critical,” said Audet.
ODOT has plenty of supplies left to get the area through the winter season, despite what some may think with the recent snow storms. However, it has been an expensive winter with the average spends already achieved with much of winter remaining.
Driving Blowing and Drifting Snow
Blowing and drifting snow can be very dangerous because one area of the roadway can be completely clear with just feet away being covered with snow.
This poses danger to motorists because they must be prepared for clear roadways to become instantly covered with snow. There is a high likelihood of accidents occurring with the sudden switch from clear roadway to snow-covered, as some drivers do not drive with the caution that is necessary.
Our advice to anyone who is out on the roadways this weekend is to drive with extreme caution and prepare for a sudden snow covered roadway. If you are on the roadway and another driver fails to drive with the necessary caution and ends up causing an accident that injures you, you should call a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Snow-related accidents are deemed the fault of the driver who caused them by failing to drive with the necessary caution that the roadways command.
If you have questions about snow-related accidents or would like to speak to an attorney about an accident you were involved in, call our office at 800.637.8170. You will have the opportunity to speak directly to an attorney about your accident, injuries, and ask any questions that you may have.