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Morning Snow Leads To Slick Roads

Reported: Jan. 25, 2014 4:44 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 25, 2014 7:45 PM EST
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SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Katy Brown) -- Old man winter is not letting up. Some highway crews were caught off guard as heavy snow started falling Saturday morning.

Snow covered roads that made traveling a bit difficult for many.

"It's snowy as heck. It's slippery," said Ken Richmond, who was driving through South Charleston. "I'm just trying to take my time and be careful. Go where I got to go and get back to my family."

Over the course of 4 hours, just about 2 inches of snow fell in most areas of the Kanawha Valley, which made it a busy day for South Charleston Police and road crews.

"We do have areas where conditions are worse than others. It makes for tricky travel," said Sgt. P.C. Rader with South Charleston Police. "People aren't used to driving in conditions like this."

By mid-afternoon Saturday, slick conditions led to more than 20 car accidents.

Rader said a lot of times accidents happen when drivers underestimate the difficult driving conditions.

"They're not using that extra little bit of caution to keep them from being involved in something that could have been prevented."

And with that in mind, Rader said it's important to pay attention little things as well.

Drivers should pay attention to any obstructions in your mirrors, headlights making sure you can see all around your car.

And for his fellow drivers out there, Richmond has some simple advice: "Slow down."

And for anyone who may go out Saturday evening, Rader echoes Richmond saying to take it slow and be sure to stay off the cell phones.



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