Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Road Conditions Continue To Be Hazardous

It may not seem possible, but Cookeville-area road crews say that in some places, the road conditions today are worse than they were yesterday. The culprit is the temperature, which hasn't been above freezing since the snow began on Sunday. While crews with the city, county and state have spent much of the past two days scraping and salting the roads, especially the major thoroughfares, subfreezing temperatures cause the melting snow to re-freeze as ice, which can be much more dangerous to drive on. Most of the wrecks reported to local law enforcement agencies have been fender benders because most people are using caution and slowing down. But officials say their best advice today continues to be for people to stay off the roads if they don't have to be out. Officials are hoping a warm-up predicted for tomorrow will improve conditions substantially.