Roads Expected To Refreeze

By: Summer Knowles
By: Summer Knowles

December 9, 2005

Temperatures are supposed to drop below 20 degrees Thursday night, and city officials are working to make sure the roads stay safe for drivers.

Cleanup crews were out in full force cleaning up what was left from Thursday night's snow storm.

Temperatures are expected to drop to about 18 degrees, but city officials say they're prepared.

"Always with temperatures below 20 degrees it's a little bit tougher because salt has a tough time working, but we'll have crews out all night and hope to have everything cleared by tomorrow morning," said City Spokesperson Ric Barrick.

But cleanup crews won't be the only ones up at the crack of dawn.

Donielle Messner, office manager and dispatcher for Lethal Wrecker Service says she's expecting as many calls Saturday as she did Friday.

"Well it started a little bit after midnight last night, and we've been getting people out of ditches since then and even going into other people's counties since about 12 o'clock," said Messner.

The primary roads are good to go, but the smaller roads are the ones causing all the trouble, especially for drivers out in Albemarle County.

"They're sliding in their own driveways, one of my drivers told me this morning that Ivy is still really really bad out there he thought he was going to get stuck."

"We had some difficult times this morning because some of the smaller secondary roads didn't get a lot of sun and so all that ice didn't have a chance to melt, but we expect the chemicals to take affect later," said Barrick.

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