Caroline MacGregor December 27, 2012 | WGVU
afternoon’s snowfall hit hard just as many people started to make their way
home from work.
Maintenance Director with the Kent County Road Commission says when cold snow
hit the warmer road surface, the result was melting snow that
quickly turned to ice as temperatures dipped. Also, more snow fell than forecast: 4 inches
or so compared to the light dusting anticipated by forecasters.
“We really weren't forcasted to get the amount of snow we did receive so at 3:30 things were clear and dry and within an hour to an hour and a half things started to get really slippery and worse case scenario is when it happens at rushhour.”
The snow hit
hard just as many people started to make their way home from work. And those
large salt bearing trucks trying to help ease a slippery situation were also stuck
in rush hour traffic.
“That was some of the issue with rush hour traffic. Us and everyone else in the transportation issue is getting their trucks through the traffic jams through the backups to get to the roads."
observance of most police officers responding to slide offs and fender benders, is vehicles with thinning or bald tire tread.
“If you talk to law enforcement, they'll look and they see a lot of the cars involved in accidents,the tires are fairly well worn like you've mentioned and that contributes to your ability to handle ice and snow for sure.”
during tough economic times people run their cars harder than they normally
would. After the first significant snowfall many tire outlets and car
dealerships are suddenly find themselves busier than normal.
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