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Published December 09, 2013, 04:35 PM

Cold temperatures keep roads slick

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The morning commute was a slick one; and unless the subzero temperatures moderate some, it could stay that way.

By: WDAY Staff Reports , WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The morning commute was a slick one; and unless the subzero temperatures moderate some, it could stay that way.

Traffic backed up early on our highways as drivers were slipping and sliding across ice-covered interstates.

The DOT in both North Dakota and Minnesota say when it's this cold, there's not a whole lot they can do.

Most salt and ice-melt chemical combinations do not work below ten degrees, so instead, roadways are coated with sand.

And on problem spots like the Red River Bridge, which freeze much faster, sand only goes so far.

Kevin Gorder- ND DOT Asst. District Engineer: “We're very limited on the tools we can use. We're limited to abrasives or sand and our blades, and that's really what we're using to get the ice off right now. If we could get it to warm up a little bit, our chemicals become much more effective.”

If they put down salt or chemicals, the ice that is melted will just refreeze, so the DOT advises all drivers to slow down and turn off cruise control.

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