By: Bailey Myers
January 28th, 2014
Tallahassee FL- It's not the snow you should be worried about. It's the ice, and it's got road crews planning for the worst. Freezing rain and black ice out on the roads may have city of Tallahassee road crews out early Wednesday morning.
"Normally we don't have these conditions to respond to but just preparation in general is something we do all the time," as Mike Sheiner from the Public Works Operation Division of Tallahassee explained.
Floridians are used to heavy rain, but freezing rain and ice on the roads however, is a bit of a curve ball. So, instead of salt to break down the ice we use sand to create friction on the roads. And to spread the sand we use trucks like this one. It comes off this conveyor belt down into these to holes and onto these two slider discs and they spread the sand.
"Our crews are out looking at all roads because the roads are based on the temperatures and all that is based on the weather. And we can't control the weather but we can take proactive measures to protect our roads," explained Donna Green from the Florida Department of Transportation.
That's why the Florida department of transportation is preparing all 47 trucks to spread sand across the 16 counties in the big bend which may be at risk of icy roads. Both Leon County and the city of Tallahassee each have own trucks which they have also filled with sand and have teams on standby.
"Just be prepared as you are driving. And if you are out and about just be very cautious," said Tony Park from Leon County's Public Works department.
We were also told Leon County and the City of Tallahassee have tree crews on call in case any trees fall during the storm. If you notice any icy roads or trees down you are encouraged to call your local law enforcement agencies.
January 28, 2014, 5pm
Possible freezing rain could lead to a dangerous situation on the roads, and although these conditions are rare for our area, crews are planning ahead to keep you safe.
Ice on the roads isn't something Tallahassee sees on a regular basis, so instead of ice, trucks will spread sand on the roads.
Chief Meteorologist Mike McCall explained Tallahassee would see ice on the roads if there is freezing rain in combination with freezing roads.
Bridges and overpasses are the ones that get cold fastest, so Public Works is planning on concentrating their efforts on those areas.