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Road crews warn of black ice after snowy, wet Saturday

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Now that the flakes are no longer falling in most parts of the Upstate, there are new concerns overnight. The temperatures are dropping, and it's possible some of the moisture on the roads could refreeze and create black ice.

DOT maintenance crews in many counties laid down salt mixtures on some roads Saturday to prevent ice from bonding with the road surface. However, they aren't able to treat every road and said people should factor that into their travel plans and avoid untreated roads.

"Typically your secondary roads aren't treated first, we concentrate on the interstates first," said Stephen Ellis, a DOT maintenance engineer in Cherokee county.

South Carolina Highway Patrol also says there are certain roadways to be more cautious on.

"If it's a road that has trees that shade that area, that's going to keep the roadway cold and temperatures will freeze the water back," said Lance Cpl. Tony Keller. "The bridges and overpasses will also freeze faster."

To check road conditions before you start to travel, visit www.scdot.org.

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