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Roads in central North Carolina covered with ice, snow this morning

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – The snowstorm that hit our area on Wednesday threw a foot of snow in parts of central North Carolina and left the roads in an absolute mess.

The best advice for motorists is to stay off the roads unless you have to drive.

The roads of Wake, Durham and Orange counties were in horrible condition this morning.

The teams with the city of Chapel Hill got up early this morning working to clean the streets and sidewalks of the city.

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As of Wednesday night, the police in Chapel Hill had answered at least to 17 days

Police say that unofficial estimates were up to 50 or more responses to other incidents at that time, including abandoned vehicles, off-road slippage and others.

CBS North Carolina meteorologist Kristin Ketchell spent the entire morning driving around Wake and Durham counties. [19659002] According to Ketchell, these were the conditions starting at 7 a.m.:

  • U.S. 70 at Garner around Garner High School is a solid sheet of ice. Ice skating to work would be easier than driving.
  • N.C. Highway 55 through Cary, Apex, Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina has ice patches, compacted snow and intermittent areas of dry pavement.
  • The Durham Highway was phenomenal around T.W. Alexander to Interstate 40. It was wet but clear. From Alston Avenue to Durham Freeway it was full of snow and ice.
  • U.S. 401 in Fuquay-Varina in Garner has ice and snow accumulated.
  • Glenwood Avenue / U.S. 70 from Raleigh to Durham is freezing and has accumulated snow from Interstate 440 to Millbrook. It got a little better after that, but it became horrible again beyond Brier Creek.
  • I-40 at Garner is an ice rink. Both parts are bad, but the east side is worse.

Roads in more rural areas such as Chatham and parts of Durham County, where they received a foot of snow, are even worse.

Driving conditions are expected for improvement once snow and ice begin to melt this afternoon as temperatures rise. Conditions will be bad again on Friday morning once the roads freeze again tonight.

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