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Ice, Refreezing A Concern For Nighttime Drivers

Reported: Feb. 13, 2014 9:12 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 13, 2014 10:37 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Katy Brown) -- Melting snow and freezing temperatures are not a good mixture, especially if you're talking about road conditions. Ice is the big concern for Thursday night.

Following the snow storm from the previous night, there were accidents all over the place in Kanawha County.

As the temperatures started to drop, unfortunately it seemed to be the case again.

"If you do not have to be outside and on the roads, don't do it. All you're doing is increasing you chances of getting to see us, Patrick Clark, with the Pinch Volunteer Fire Department, said.

Dangerous road conditions kicked off a busy Thursday night for Pinch volunteer firefighters and the 130th Airwing fire department.

Crews responded to a scene in the Rutledge area, after the driver suddenly lost control because of the weather. The accident closed down parts of Greenbrier Street.

"They said they were traveling north on Greenbrier street towards capital high school whenever they got into some slush on the side of the road, lost control of the vehicle, and the utility pole."

It was also a busy day for road crews with the city of Charleston, working for more than 20 straight hours trying to prevent things like this from happening.

Crews have been salting and prepping the roads since 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night, but, as the temperatures drop throughout the night, their work is only going to get harder.

"Any time we get a wet road condition where it's melting a little bit where we're treating the roads, and it freezes over, we do worry about that,” Charleston Public Works director Gary Taylor said. “There's not a lot we can do. We treat the best we can. We keep crews out."

If temperatures hit around the 18 to 15 degree mark, the salt crews use to treat the roads simply won't work.

But with close monitoring and keeping workers on the roads, Taylor said the roads should be OK, if Mother Nature cooperates.

"At 10:30 last night, we thought it was going to be 1 to 2 inches,” he said. “But, obviously, it got a little bit heavier, so here we. But I think we'll be ok."

More than 700 people will be without power until power crews repair the pole on Greenbrier Street.

Officials urge people to stay off the roads if they do not need to be on them.



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