Remember the snowpocalypse of 2016? It was one of the worst winters in history for Boise, with record snowfalls, record lows, and more snow days than you could count on all your fingers and toes. What if it comes back?

Do not fear, for we've developed a new weapon in the war on snow.

The Ada County Highway District is adding blue dye to the salt they'll be laying on roads across the Treasure Valley this winter. Does it have extra melty capabilities? Does it last ten times as long as regular ol' white salt? Nah, it's just easier to see!


Nicole DuBois from ACHD explains:

It's going to enable our operators to see areas that have already been salted so we're not re-salting an area that doesn't need it. It's going to allow them to see their spread patterns so they can adjust it if they need to within the width of the roadway, and it will also let the public know the areas that have been salted as well.

Well great, now you're going to have blue stains all over your car's paint, right? ACHD is one step ahead of you. The dye is a good-grade dye, meaning it won't stain and should wash off easily.