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Roadways improve, but overnight freeze will impede travel

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Hwy 378 at Shore Rd. (Source: Bonnie Dunford) Hwy 378 at Shore Rd. (Source: Bonnie Dunford)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Most major roadways in the Midlands are now clear of snow and ice, however secondary and local roads remain hazardous and won't improve until Friday afternoon.

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety says a mix of snow and ice still covers many secondary roads, causing lane sizes to be reduced.

"Be mindful to reduce your speed on these roads and be aware of inclines and declines that may be difficult to pass," said South Carolina Highway Patrol spokesperson LCpl David Jones.

As temperatures fall back into the mid 20s overnight, the secondary roads will refreeze and create black ice.

"We are also seeing a lot of trees and power lines falling across these secondary roads and want to remind motorists to be extremely careful," said Jones. "We are still urging motorists to minimize travel at all cost and please try and wait until mid-morning tomorrow when we see temperatures begin to rise above freezing."

Temperatures are expected to reach the 50s Friday afternoon.

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