No snow today... But south bend street crews have been dealing with a new foe---the bitter cold! Cooler than normal temperatures make clearing the streets difficult. Some neighborhoods are still waiting for the plows to come through. Some residents have been dealing with snow-packed streets since Saturday.
Meanwhile, city officials say they've been doing their best to clear main roadways. They hope to get to residential streets, while there's a break in the snow.
South Bend's fleet of plows and salt trucks has been working around the clock since seven o'clock Saturday night. They say they're doing their best to keep the main roads clear.
Sam Hensley, South Bend Street Commissioner says, "Today we are starting out third sweep through the city."
Plows will reach some residential streets in south bend for the first time today. Some folks say driving in their neighborhoods has been hit or miss. "The main roads are fine and clear, our road unfortunately looks like it hasn’t hardly been touched there’s just no way of knowing which roads are hit and which aren't," says Laura Rankin-Jokerst.
South bend resident Liz Fannon had a close call, "I slid right out, and there was a car coming and I had my son and I got really scared, and i thought wow, you know they should really get this plowed and everything."
South Bend Street, Commissioner Sam Hensley says this rash of snowstorms has left the city’s streets in the worst shape he's seen in nearly five years, "We've been spoiled over the years, and we've been spoiled this year. The first snow we get is basically all this stuff."
While no new snow has fallen today, the bitter cold makes clearing the roads more difficult. Salt doesn't work as well as it would if the temperatures were higher. "When the temperature starts dipping into the teens the salt does not activate as much as it would like 25 or 30 degrees," Hensley explains.
So, residents may be looking out their windows at snow packed roads for a bit longer.
"Looking forward to that? No, not really. I'm hoping it will stop shortly."