Low temps delay recovery from Sunday storm

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Cold temperatures and a historic snowfall are reasons why commuters are still seeing major delays on roadways two days following Sunday's storm.

The Pioneer Press reports plows continue to spew tons of salt across roads and highways, but the Minnesota Department of Transportation says the salt can't do it's job in such cold temperatures.

Sunday's storm left at least a foot of snow in much of the metro--the third largest snowfall on single day in December, according to the newspaper.

"It really was a record-setting snowstorm," said Kevin Gutknect, MnDOT communications director. "If you look at past events, it took us a while to get out from under that."

An engineer for the City of St. Paul admits road conditions in the city were worse Tuesday due to low temperatures that caused melting snow to freeze. WCCO reports crews in St. Paul are now using a treated salt that is more effective in colder weather than plain salt.

The outlook for Wednesday looks better. The Star Tribune says warmer temperatures and some sun should allow salt and chemicals to kick in.

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