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Road conditions deteriorate as night falls

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The temperature has yet to get above freezing, but crews are giving it their all to make sure the major roads in Southeastern North Carolina stay open.

While kids celebrated another day off crews were working 24 hour shifts to try and clear the roads.

“The roads on the interstate are not so bad,” said Dayvon Walton. “We saw at least four snow plows coming through here but in Rocky Point on 117 it looks like no equipment has been out there at all.”

THE NCDOT started preparing for the snow on Sunday by brining the roads.

Despite freezing temperatures the agency says it has helped crews stay ahead of the storm.

“Our bare pavement routes start with the interstates first, and then we go to the major US and secondary routes that are essential to commerce and getting the traffic flowing,” said NCDOT Division Engineer Karen Funsell. “All of those roads we are still having to work.”

While many roads may look clear the temperature is working against the fight.

Salt does not melt ice if the temperature is less than 20 degrees, and with the temperature falling after the sunsets, an invisible danger could appear.

“Black ice is where the water will freeze overnight, and you can’t see it well while you’re driving, so you may be on dry pavement, but if you run into a spot of black ice it is very treacherous,” said Funsell.

The experts still recommend that you stay home unless you have an emergency and need to get out on the roads.


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