Even after thaw, police urge caution on the road

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Ice that's thawed on Horry County roads has the risk of refreezing after the Sun goes down, and Myrtle Beach Police are urging anyone who doesn't need to be on the road to stay off it.

"Vehicles go on these roads, everything seems to be going nice and smooth, they go to make a turn, and they slip off the road," said Myrtle Beach Police Captain David Knipes. "We've seen a lot of cars in ditches."

Captain Knipes says luckily there haven't been any serious injuries reported from ice-related crashes, but says law enforcement will be watching the roads more closely tonight because of the risk of black ice.

"We expect this to continue on through the night," he said. "Hopefully sometime tomorrow things should go back to normal."

Some veteran winter weather drivers say the conditions on the roads are to be expected, but keeping to main roads is the safest bet.

"It's the side roads which will cause problems," said Wesley Draper, who just moved to the Grand Strand from Maryland.

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