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Ice returns Wednesday night as snow melts

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From Mark in Pumpkintown. (Jan. 28, 2014/FOX Carolina iWitness) From Mark in Pumpkintown. (Jan. 28, 2014/FOX Carolina iWitness)
A car stuck off the side of Duncan Chapel Road. (Jan. 29, 2014/FOX Carolina) A car stuck off the side of Duncan Chapel Road. (Jan. 29, 2014/FOX Carolina)
An overturned car along Madden Bridge in Central. (Jan. 29, 2014/FOX Carolina iWitness Ted. S) An overturned car along Madden Bridge in Central. (Jan. 29, 2014/FOX Carolina iWitness Ted. S)
Highway 247 in Belton Wednesday morning. (Jan. 29, 2014/FOX Carolina) Highway 247 in Belton Wednesday morning. (Jan. 29, 2014/FOX Carolina)
An overturned car along Poinsett Highway near Furman Univ. (Jan. 29, 2014/FOX Carolina) An overturned car along Poinsett Highway near Furman Univ. (Jan. 29, 2014/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

After a cold day, the icy roads caused dangerous driving conditions but with slightly rising temperatures, some are starting to thaw out - but not for long.

FOX Carolina Meteorologist Ted Phaeton said temperatures remained below freezing for much of the day this afternoon. Highs peaked in the mid-30s across the Upstate and mid-20s in western North Carolina. The Upstate was only above freezing for a couple of hours so there wasn't too much of an opportunity to thaw out.

Roads could still be slick for the evening commute. More cold weather will return during the night, as temperatures drop into the mid-teens and single digits.

While many highways and roads have been treated overnight on Tuesday, Cpl. Bill Rhyne with the Highway Patrol said the snow and ice has become hard-packed and are a solid sheet of ice, offering drivers very little traction - even with four-wheel drive.

Along Poinsett Highway in Travelers Rest, dozens of cars were stranded along the roadway near Furman University because of the treacherous conditions.

Troopers are urging people who do not have to go to work or be on the roads to stay at home.

"We would really recommend people staying at home," said Rhyne. "You can get out on the roads and do everything right but you don't have any control on what those other motorists are doing. And our roadways are not going to get better anytime soon."

Rhyne reminds drivers that if they have to get on the road, to slow down and give themselves plenty of time to get to their destination, especially because it is not known when roads may begin to thaw.

Click here to see iWitness snow photos from across the area

And while the snow may have stopped falling, the winter weather remains frozen. The area saw around an inch of snow across the Interstate 85 corridor, but some areas had higher amounts. Salem saw 2.8 inches and Clemson saw 2 inches.

Though the snow has moved out of the region, cold air still has a tight hold on the area. Today will see temperatures peak in the mid-30s across the Upstate and mid-20s in Western North Carolina.

With temperatures getting above average for just a couple of hours, there may not be much thawing throughout the day.

This can create more problems for Wednesday night as lows once again dip into the teens and single digits.

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