KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knoxville salt truck crews have been working round the clock to clear area roads of snow and ice.
They had every single one of their trucks out overnight, plowing as much snow off the roads as possible.
"We had folks out, all 21 vehicles. We had all of our crews out," said David Brace, Knoxville director of public service.
They salted all the main roads across the city in the early hours of Thursday morning.
"We gotta keep our priority streets open, the ones, twos, hospitals. We have got to keep fire and police taken care of and the KAT bus service. Those are our priorities today. We have got to make sure that happens," said Brace.
Their main focus Thursday was plowing the several inches of snow off the streets, starting with main thoroughfares, then moving to secondary and back roads.
"Those are down into the neighborhoods. The neighborhood streets are slick," said Brace.
They've already used some 600 tons of salt and are wanting to make the most of what they have left later Thursday evening.
Even though this is the largest snow East Tennessee has seen this season, Brace says conditions are not nearly as bad as they could have been, thanks to the pre-treating work they did.
"We brined Friday. We brined Tuesday. We wanted a liquid barrier between the snow and the asphalt to prevent bonding and we're getting that," said Brace.
Crews used more than 30,000 gallons of brine leading into this winter weather.
Their main concern going into Thursday night and Friday morning is the possibility of refreezing.
If that happens, they will start salting area roads once again.