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After the storm: Friday morning update on road conditions

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Troopers helping cars get up hill on Polo Rd. Troopers helping cars get up hill on Polo Rd.
Crash scene on 277 near Interstate 20 Crash scene on 277 near Interstate 20
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

The snow that started melting Thursday froze again overnight, creating icy road conditions throughout the Midlands. But before people get out on the roads, it may be a challenge just getting to their cars.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation says in its 4 a.m. Friday update that crews have transitioned their deicing operation to debris removal.

"Fallen trees are a significant problem in many counties, especially south of the I-20 corridor.  Most counties continue to report snow and ice on secondary roads and bridges with the exception of coastal areas," the report says.

Snow covered with ice, or accumulated ice pellets froze solid overnight, and places that began the night as water are now ice.

The South Carolina highway patrol is reporting numerous bridges and elevated roadways on the interstates are icy and slick throughout the region.

"Interstates and primary routes are in fair to relatively good condition with some isolated patches of snow and ice. Secondary roads in much of the state remain covered with snow and ice.  Fallen trees are a significant problem. Travel may be hazardous, especially on secondary roads," says DOT.

Beware the icy conditions are not contained to roads. Upon stepping out your door or off your porch, you'll notice ice in your yard and driveway.  What appears to be snow is frozen so hard, the weight of a human will not penetrate it.

Many schools and businesses remain closed Friday because of the questionable road conditions in the morning.

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Call 511 or click here for updates on road conditions.  If you run have car problems, call *HP for assistance.  For non-emergency information, call 252-2911 or click here.

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