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.