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More salt wouldn't have helped roads Monday, DOH says

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If it looked like the West Virginia Division of Highways didn't salt your road after Monday's snowstorm, it could be because the DOH didn't.

"This time around it was a little bit different," said Carrie Bly, a communications specialist for the state Department of Transportation.

The storm started with a layer of ice on the roads, and then the snow fell, Bly said. As the snow fell, snowplows plowed but they didn't salt. What happened was that as the plows removed some snow, the rest of it bonded with the ice.

"It was just packing it down instead of taking it off in some areas," Bly said.

The DOH was conserving salt on Monday, but even if it had used it liberally, it wouldn't have mattered much, she said. Salt works best at temperatures above 20 degrees, with high traffic and with some sun. For much of Monday, those three conditions didn't exist, she said.

On Tuesday, with warmer temperatures, more traffic and more sunshine, crews were back out working on roads, Bly said. By mid-afternoon, the primary roads were under control and secondary roads were being treated, she said.