Cincy Science: How salt melts snow, ice and why sugar can sweeten up winter, too

CINCINNATI - Ever ask, "What is that?" Or, "Why is that?" In our new "Cincy Science" feature, we talk with people who can answer those questions: The folks who do science in Cincinnati and the Tri-State.

When yet another blast of snow, sleet and freezing rain hit the Tri-state last weekend, salt supplies were dwindling for municipalities and on store shelves.

Spreading the briny substance has become second nature this winter. So just what makes it work so well? 

Eddie Merino, assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Cincinnati, broke down the science for us.

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