Chattanooga Public Works trucks spray brine - a mixture of water and salt - on the roads to help prevent ice on roads. (Image: WTVC)
Brine flowed off the back off a Chattanooga Public Works truck Monday as crews began treating the roads less than 24 hours before the snow is expected to hit the Tennessee Valley.
Be precautious around us when we're putting it down, said Allen Wedman, equipment operator. I've been hitting most of the main roads - like Brainerd Road, Lee Highway, Bonny Oaks, 58 Highway and then Amnicola.
Wedman says the brine, which is a mixture of salt and water, helps prevent icing on the roads ahead of time.
It doesn't have any harsh chemicals harmful to people or pets or anything like that, he said.
Public Works crews hope that by brining early, it'll make the roads safer.
They're also encouraging people to just stay off them Tuesday, if they can, so drivers like Wedman can do their job.
We'll call everybody in and do whatever we gotta do until the storm is over, he said.
When the weather changes from a prediction to a problem, crews will switch from brine to sand and salt. Its all in an effort to ...