Roads covered in ice; travel not recommended - KCTV5

Roads covered in ice; travel not recommended

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Road conditions remain hazardous throughout the Midlands Thursday morning after a winter storm dropped ice and snow throughout the region Wednesday.

Although Department of Transportation crews plowed and sanded major travel routes, secondary roads and streets remain unplowed, some with a layer of packed snow and ice underneath. Crews continue to work on road conditions.

Law enforcement officials encourage people to stay off the roads Thursday morning.

"Please stay home today," said Highway Patrol Lcpl. David Jones. "As we see the motoring public venture out, our collisions rise. We don't want people to get a false sense of security."

The DOT says most counties in South Carolina, with the exception of coastal areas, report roads and bridges are covered with snow and ice. Interstates are considered in "passable condition" by the DOT.

"Travel is not recommended unless absolutely necessary (emergencies)," reads a DOT statewide summary released at 4 a.m.

According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, from 6 p.m. Tuesday through 6 a.m. Thursday the Highway Patrol responded to 2,969 weather-related calls for service. 909 crashes were reported. They had 812 reports of trees in the roadway, 178 abandoned vehicles and assisted 829 motorists.

"We'll see as the temperatures rise, the roads will get safer," Jones said.

"Road conditions will improve as temperatures rise throughout the day," said Tim Miller with the WIS Weather team. "But temperatures will fall below freezing overnight again and we'll have problems with ice on the roads."

Call 511 or click here for updates on road conditions.  If you run have car problems, call *hp for assistance.  For non-emergency information, call 252-2911 or click here.

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