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Icy Roads Remain a Problem for Drivers

BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Billy Moore's job only involves snow plows a few days each year. Friday was one of them, and Moore stayed busy.

"It was in the 50s a lot last year," Moore said. "Forties and 50s and a lot of rain."

The sunshine Friday made Moore's job a little easier. The warmth from the sun caused higher ground temperatures and melting snow in most places. The danger, though, lay in the spots where no sun shone -- and in the hours after the sun set.

"The salt and calcium [mixture] is good," Moore said. "I think the calcium goes down to about -29 degrees, but when the road temperature gets so cold and the air temperature, it's going to melt, and then it will refreeze."

Those slick roads, then, aren't just wet from melted snow. They could be dangerous spots of ice.

Carolyn Holley drove from Louisa, Ky., to Ashland Friday, and she said the drive took her 20 minutes longer than usual because she couldn't drive faster than 35 or 40 miles per hour.

"They've salted the [main] roads, and they're in pretty good drivable condition," Holley said. "But the back roads are horrible -- they're ice covered."

Moore said he saw a number of cars off the road or in minor accidents, including his own wife. She slid into the back of other cars that were already stopped from another accident. He said no one was hurt.

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