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Snow hits the Mid-South

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The Shelby County Office of Preparedness is in constant contact with the National Weather Service, ready to take action to avoid the kind of event that recently surprised Atlanta. The Shelby County Office of Preparedness is in constant contact with the National Weather Service, ready to take action to avoid the kind of event that recently surprised Atlanta.
Once wintry weather moves in, salt, sand, and coal ash is applied to bridges, over-passes, and major roads. Once wintry weather moves in, salt, sand, and coal ash is applied to bridges, over-passes, and major roads.
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(WMC-TV) - Mid-Southerners woke up to a blanket of snow on cars, trees, and roads Saturday morning. As the day moved along, the snow began to melt, even on the bridges in metro Memphis.

For children, the snow day was about snowballs. But city, county, and state officials kept a close watch on the forecast in case road crews needed to take action.

A winter weather advisory was in effect until 6 a.m. Saturday for dozens of Mid-South counties, including Shelby, Dyer, Lauderdale, Tipton, Crittenden, and DeSoto, to name a few. (Click here for a full list of counties that were under the winter weather advisory.)

Collins Yard is where the City of Memphis keeps its giant salt and sand piles. But instead of salt and sand, crews applied brine on busy roads and overpasses Friday in order to keep snow from sticking.

Sometimes it is too wet to apply brine, but dry conditions before snow and ice are ideal.

"It basically stops ice from bonding to the pavement," explained Memphis Public Works Deputy Director Robert Knecht, who promised a full compliment of road crews will work through the evening and overnight, keeping an eye on any accumulation.

When the wintry weather moved in, salt, sand, and coal ash were applied to bridges, over-passes, and major roads.

"We have approximately 900 tons of salt and 5,000 tons of sand in our inventory," said Knecht.

The Shelby County Office of Preparedness is in constant contact with the National Weather Service, ready to take action to avoid the kind of event that recently surprised Atlanta.

"Everyone needs to keep a close watch on the weather," urged Shelby Co. Office of Preparedness Director Bob Nations. "We don't want people stranded on snow-covered roads."

Tennessee Department of Transportation crews are also applying bring to the state's roadways and will remain on standby.

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