Road conditions concern commuters

January 21, 2009 8:05:45 PM PST
Concerns about slick roads are expected during Thursday's morning commute.

A night of freezing temperatures are causing concerns that roads will ice over and cause accidents Thursday morning since roads are still wet after a thick blanketing of snow Tuesday, and a re-freeze Wednesday night.

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Many schools and businesses are operating on delays or closing Thursday due to lingering travel concerns.

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The winter weather prompted Governor Bev Perdue to declare a state of emergency Tuesday.

And slick roads made a mess of things Wednesday morning.

The major problems were on secondary roads and in neighborhoods were there were still some slick spots. Law enforcement officials were telling people to stay home if they could, or take it easy on the roads if they did have to go out.

But after a day of heavy work by DOT crews spreading salt, there were few areas of black ice and practically none on major roads.

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ABC11 Chief Meteorologist Chris Hohmann says the snow totals at RDU were 3.4 inches, 7 inches in North Raleigh, six in Fayetteville, seven in Pittsboro, Wilson with 5.5 inches and Durham had 2 inches. Most spots had anywhere from two to five inches of snow. He says the last time the area had this much snow was in February 2004.

Thursday, highs will hit the upper 40s with sun, so any snow should be gone by the end of the week at the latest.


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