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SCDOT reporting ice patches on many Grand Strand, Pee Dee roads

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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Statewide, many main roads are for the most part back to a normal, dry condition, states the South Carolina Department of Transportation, but many secondary roads are still covered in snow and ice.

SCDOT says that Highway 31 South and Robert Edge is still completely covered in ice, and there was an eight-car spin-out Thursday morning at around 8:30 a.m.

As of about 12:30 p.m. Thursday, the South Carolina Highway Patrol troop that covers the Grand Strand and Pee Dee reported 43 total incidents, including at least one collision with injuries.

In the SCDOT district that covers the Grand Strand and Pee Dee, priority roads and bridges continue to be treated with anti-icing and deicing materials and equipment. Secondary roads are partially covered with snow and ice, which is where most of the work is focused now. Temperatures are ranging between 18 and 28 degrees Thursday morning.

The SCDOT is reporting that all roads in Horry County have at least patches of ice. In Florence and Georgetown counties, I-95 and US-52 are dry, but all other roads also have ice patches.  All roads in Marion County are affected by ice patches. All roads in Marlboro County are dry, SCDOT reports. Roads in Darlington are wet, but free of ice, according to SCDOT.

The City of Conway released the following statement about the icy roads:

Currently there are still roadways within the City of Conway that are partially covered with patches of ice. Drivers are reminder to exercise extreme caution while driving over or approaching bridges, over passes, intersections, and sections of roadway that are shaded.  City Public Work crews are currently out applying sand to streets within the City where icy conditions have been reported.  Reports of hazardous road locations or conditions within the City may be made to the Conway Police Department @ 248-1790.  Here are some reminders about driving in icy or slick road conditions:

Reduce your speed. You will be more likely to maintain control of your vehicle at lower speeds. Slow down when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges or shady spots.  Increase your following distance to at least three times what you would normally have between you and the vehicle in front of you. Also, never slam on your brakes, either use a steady pumping action, or simplify remove your foot from the accelerator.  

For the latest winter weather roads conditions from SCDOT, visit: http://www.scdot.org/getting/winterweather.aspx

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