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Upstate road conditions dangerous on Wednesday night

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ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Counties across the Upstate face messy roads on Wednesday night as sleet and freezing rain fell, creating slick surfaces.

Anderson County had an inch of sleet accumulation on top of the previous snowfall, which created treacherous driving conditions. Officials in the county said 10 National Guard Humvees were deployed for emergency calls in the county after traditional equipment was not able to travel the icy roadways.

Abbeville County Sheriff Ray Watson said his crews have responded to a few vehicles that have slid off the roads, but in general, he is pleased that most people seemed to have heeded warnings about dangerous conditions and stayed off the roads.

The same goes in Greenwood County, where public information officer John Long said deputies are stationed strategically across the county, ready for calls that may come. Long said it has, fortunately, been a slow night for them.

Oconee County Fire Chief Charlie King said they got a lot of rain until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, which caused a good bit of ice build-up. He said they currently are dealing with a lot of 'tree/power line' calls across the county.

Chuck Haynes, emergency management director for Pickens County said call volume was low, but conditions are still poor in the county.

Laurens County DOT maintenance engineer, Rob Russian, said crews have been constantly plowing interstates as the sleet and freezing rain falls. He said they've gotten to some primary roads where emergency vehicles need to drive.

Russian said there have been surprisingly few wrecks in their coverage area, because people have been avoiding driving. He said it helped that plows and salt trucks hit the roads early, too.

Pavement temperatures have dropped, according to Russian, so there is a mixture of ice and slush which continues to create a slick surface.

DOT is expecting more snow accumulation as the night progresses and Russian encourages drivers to again, stay off the roads into Thursday morning, though his crews will continue plowing throughout the weather event.

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