Cold, slick road conditions linger

Cold temperatures are still causing slick road conditions in some areas
January 31, 2014 9:51:44 AM PST
Friday's lingering cold temperatures are causing secondary roads to still be slick in some areas.

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Due to the hazardous conditions, some school systems canceled or delayed classes for the fourth day in a row.

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In Wake County, more than 70 Department of Transportation trucks have been working overtime to clear the roadways.

"We do have a lot of secondary routes throughout Wake County, and we'll get to them as soon as we can," said Wake County Maintenance Engineer Jason Holmes.

In Fayetteville, some secondary streets are still ice and snow covered. Street crews have been looking for icy patches that could turn into black ice.

The DOT says drivers can increase safety by observing the following tips:

  • Be aware that black ice is almost invisible.
  • Be especially careful on bridges and overpasses.
  • Never brake while driving on ice. Applying pressure to your brakes while on ice will cause a vehicle to skid. Brake prior to bridges and overpasses.
  • Increase your following distance. Keep at least a three-car distance from the vehicle directly in front of you.

Friday's warmer temperatures will also hopefully melt what's left of the snow and ice.

The weather will only improve into the weekend. ABC11 Meteorologist Don "Big Weather" Schwenneker says a southerly flow around high pressure to the east will bring temperatures into the upper 50s and low 60s.

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