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Winter storm update: melting underway on major roadways


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Price Creek Road still with solid snow this morning.   

 

Updated: Most major roadways have the snow melting away according to Lt. Kris Stancil with the sheriff's office. Stancil, who had just returned from checking roads in different areas about noon, said the main roads are mostly clear, but backroads, particularly the shady ones remain snow covered.

However, Stancil advised caution. Even on clear roadways there are patches, where slush may be packed in spots which will be just like ice and some remaining ice spots.

The S curves on Cove are now open. It is still slushy at the top of the curves so enter at a low speed.

 

Sheriff Donnie Craig said the big concern now is what will happen tonight with more freezing temperatures after dark. He cautioned that "black ice" could be a serious hazard in the morning, with the melting slush re-freezing when the temps drop to the upper 20s overnight.

 

Original Story from this morning

 

Speaking from the county emergency operations center Thursday morning, Commissioner Rob Jones said road crews have been going full-force since before the sun rose. He said the progress has picked up as the frozen mixture on the ground is softening and warming and scraping off easier.

The county had already worked all the major roads and they have crews out in all areas of the county, Jones said about 9 a.m.

He asked motorists to remain off the roads until at least lunch if they have to go out and preferable to stay home until all is clear.

From conditions being reported, Jones thought that this afternoon with some sun and warmer temperatures would see improving conditions. The county hopes to have the S curves on Cove Road re-opened after lunch.

In a general update “We have been blessed,” Jones said.

He said there had been no major emergencies during the winter storm.         The biggest problem continues to be falling trees. “We are inundated” with downed trees, he said.  “We have seen one tree after another, scattered from here to yond.”

Jones said they don’t have an official total of downed tree calls but thought it was somewhere between 60-70. Fire crews have been removing trees, while road crews focused on the roads. A few of the downed trees caught on fire after coming in contact with lines.

There had been no reports of serious injuries from wrecks or any structure fires during the winter storm.

 

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