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Lynchburg Crews Concerned Over Icy Early Morning Commute

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Lynchburg, VA - Tuesday night, as temperatures fell, the concern for Lynchburg Public Works crews was keeping the roads free of ice for early morning commuters.

16 crews were out circling the five wards of the Hill City laying a chemical treatment they call the "hot mix." The hot mix guarantees drivers will have more traction on potentially slick surfaces. Salt, and other chemical brines are less effective under certain temperatures that is why Public Works chose the hot mix.

Black ice is the concern for early morning commuters. The wet streets could potentially turn icy as temperatures get well below freezing.

"The temperature drops and it's going to start freezing quick. So even though you don't see a lot of accumulation on the roads, our worry is the moisture that's on the roads, how they're wet, they're ready to make ice as soon as the temperature starts dropping" said Jerry Kelly of Lynchburg Public Works.

Lynchburg drivers were taking it slow on Tuesday night as conditions began to deteriorate, "Yeah, it's 45 over here and the person in front of me was going 30, 35" said one driver.

"Much, much slower, I know I'm taking it much much slower and driving easy and watching for the black ice" said another.

Officials are cautioning everyone to only venture out unless they absolutely must.

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