(01/10/14) - The warmer weather is already starting to help break up the
packed snow and ice on many Mid-Michigan roads.
Flint is hoping to clear all of the side streets in city by the end of the weekend.
But with the melting and rain comes a warning from the Lapeer County Emergency Management staff - they expect dangerous and icy conditions and are urging people to stay off the roads Saturday. Road crews won't be able to do much to them until the rain stops.
The Lapeer County Road Commission is most concerned about already ice packed, back roads.
"They're going to be to really, really slippery ice when the rain comes," said Rick Pearson, Managing Director at the Road Commission. "They're going to be just a sheet of ice. I mean, they're going to be like an ice rink. We have 800 miles here in the county."
Pearson says his crews maintain about 500 miles of paved roads, too.
"The paved roads', right now, surface temperature is about 30 degrees," he said. "They have a little brine on them from salting this morning with the snow, but when that brine goes away we're worried we're going to start getting ice forming on them."
"What we're doing, tonight, is running one man to take care of emergencies. We've got trucks loaded with sand, with chains and ice cutting blades and we'll go out and service the emergencies - the ambulance, the fire," Pearson said. "We can't go out and salt these roads when it's raining or sand them because the water will wash the sand. "It won't do any good and I don't want to get our trucks stranded or smashed up."
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