Coffeyville dealing with snow


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Reported by: Farron Salley
Updated: 2/10 5:22 pm Published: 2/10 4:21 pm


COFFEYVILLE, Kan. - Snow fell to the north of Tulsa on Monday morning.

FOX23’s Farron Salley went to Coffeyville, Kan., and talked about the challenges groundskeepers face while trying to keep up with the falling precipitation.

At least an inch of snow came down Monday morning. But the fresh and fluffy stuff was pushed aside, right along with the thick mounds of snow that already fell on the city last week.

“We're usually way prepared, but it is what it is,” said Fred Schultz, a groundskeeper. The unexpected snowfall started around 6 a.m.

That was about the same time Schultz and his crew took to the roads. But one of their semis got stuck.

“So we had to get him out, so just things like that that kind of got our work day slowed down,” said Schultz.

FOX23 talked to Schultz as he was loading up more ice melt. He said it's been a harder winter than normal in southern Kansas.

“We went through probably two and half times the ice melt we ever went through ever so it’s been a pretty icy year,” he said.

Because of lots of small snow falls, drivers Monday morning said the fresh fall isn't hard to maneuver.

“The snow is not compacted, doesn't have a glaze on it, easier to drive on,” said one driver, Ronnie Ray.

The refreezing makes driving difficult.

“Say this warms up right here and gets turned to water, say the streets are watered and it gets down to freezing. Yeah, and then the snow comes again and covers up the ice and that's where it's treacherous,” said another driver, Dick Pruett.

“I’m waiting for Wednesday, when it’s over for a while, so it warms up,” said Schultz.


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