Dangerous conditions remain on many area roads

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(WITN) - Eastern Carolina began to thaw out Sunday thanks to clear and sunny skies and crews will continue to rely on the sunshine for help moving into the work week.

"It is cold, the temperature is cold, but that sun up there is our friend," says Randy Hall, a Pitt County D.O.T. engineer.

Much of Eastern North Carolina awoke Sunday to icy roads and parking lots. Cold temperatures and lack of sunshine on Saturday meant that not much clearing was accomplished by road crews.

"When conditions are as cold as they were last night, at about 8 o'clock we were not able to even push any off the road, so at that point we just put salt on it, let it do it's thing, start melting it when the sun comes up, helps us push it off," Hall says.

Sunday conditions improved.

"The primary roads, your major roads such as Arlington, 10th Street, Memorial, we're doing okay there, still have some spots of snow and some ice on it," says Kevin Mulligan, the director of Greenville Public Works.

The city has used about 150 tons of rock salt so far.

Many areas shaded by trees or other buildings are still slick and icy and another re-freeze can be expected Sunday night.

"Tonight it's going to get cold again, everything that's on the road is going to refreeze and conditions will still be bad," Hall explains.

While many people may be getting stir-crazy or developing a case of cabin fever, the advice remains the same, if you don't have to travel, don't. Keep your own safety and that of others in mind as crews continue working around the clock to clear secondary roads.

"Each passing day, we're getting more of the slush snow and ice off the roads, come Wednesday this will all be rear-view mirror stuff," Mulligan says.

The City of Greenville won't be running it's transit system Monday, but that has more to do with the conditions of bus stops and sidewalks than with actual roadways. Crews will begin working on those icy areas Monday.

There are still several streets in Uptown Greenville that are closed because of ice.

As of right now in Onslow County, many roads that were previously closed due to ice Saturday have since reopened.

Highway 24 reopened Saturday night at 9 p.m. and remained open throughout Sunday.

Black ice was also present on various areas of US 17 and the Jacksonville Parkway, but the City of Jacksonville says that most of the roadways are now dry.

They are still urging drivers to use caution as any standing water that remains may refreeze Sunday and form new black ice.

Gordy Eure, with Craven County D.O.T. says that the primary and second roads are now clear.

While there was trouble with black ice on bridges Saturday night and Sunday morning, Eure says those black ice patches have now been salted.

He says while the black ice was gone Sunday during the day, he says the bridges will be monitored through Sunday evening.


Here are some conditions as of 5:00 p.m. Sunday

Beaufort County - Primary & secondary roads clear with possible icy spots.

Bertie County - Primary roads clear. Secondary roads clear with possible icy spots.

Dare County - Primary roads clear with possible icy spots. Secondary roads clear with possible icy spots.

Edgecombe County - Primary roads covered with snow/ice.

Halifax County - Interstates partially covered with snow/ice. Primary roads covered with snow/ice.

Hyde County - Primary roads clear with possible icy spots. Secondary roads clear with possible icy spots.

Lenoir County - Primary roads clear. Secondary roads partially covered with snow/ice.

Nash County - Interstates clear with possible icy spots. Primary roads covered covered with snow/ice.

Northampton County - Interstates partially covered with snow/ice. Primary roads covered with snow/ice.

Martin County - Primary roads partially covered with snow/ice. Secondary roads covered with snow/ice.

Onslow County - All roads clear with possibly icy spots.

Pitt County - Primary roads partially covered with snow/ice. Secondary roads covered with snow/ice.

Tyrrell County - Primary roads partially covered with snow/ice. Secondary roads partially covered with snow/ice.

Washington County - Primary roads partially covered with snow/ice. Secondary roads partially covered with snow/ice.

Wilson County - Interstates clear with possible icy spots. Primary roads covered with snow/ice.