Local Roads Still Hazardous

Please stay off the roads if you don’t need to go anywhere. Many are too dangerous to drive on:

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Monday’s winter storm is still causing problems on area roads, prompting troopers to urge drivers to stay off the roads.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation said that plows will continue to concentrate on interstates until they are clear of snow and ice.

SCDOT said that interstates in the Greenville and Spartanburg areas have at least two lanes open in each direction. They said that many roads off the interstates are covered with snow and ice. Similar conditions exist in the Anderson area, the agency said.

Most drivers told FOX Carolina that Interstate 85 is clear, but Interstate 385 still had some slick spots. The same drivers said that primary roads, like Laurens Road, were still mostly covered with snow and ice. Secondary roads were nearly impassable, drivers said.

As of 8 a.m., 1,295 people were working to clear the roads across the state, SCDOT said. The agency said crews have spread 19,684 tons of salt, 5,186 tons of sand and 641,731 gallons of brine on roads across the Palmetto State. More than 700 pieces of equipment were in use, the agency said.

Troopers in the Carolinas asked that drivers stay off the roads until plow crews are able to begin concentrating on the primary and secondary roads.

Temperatures will keep much of the ice from melting and on the few sunny days coming our way the nights will dip into the low 20s, ensuring that melted snow and ice re-freezes. Traveling will be dangerous all week. Please plan accordingly.

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