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Published January 12, 2013, 06:59 PM

Icy Roads May Be Here To Stay

Fargo-Moorhead (WDAY TV) - City and State workers did what they could to take care of the ice associated with this storm, but it sounds like in a lot of spots it is here to stay awhile.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo-Moorhead (WDAY TV) - City and State workers did what they could to take care of the ice associated with this storm, but it sounds like in a lot of spots it is here to stay awhile.

The combination of solid ice and a fresh dusting of snow is bad news for anything on wheels.

Gina Anderson - West Fargo Resident: "It's pretty slipper. I mean, you have to be cautious of other drivers, and just know where you're going and get to it."

Department of Transportation and city crews have been working around the clock to get as much snow and ice off the roads as possible.

First, there's the wind; those gusts make it hard to get sand and salt on the roads.

Bruce Nord - ND-DOT Maintenance Supervisor: "We could be on the wide shoulder, dropping it for the driving lane, and it will blow all the way across both lanes of traffic and off the roadway."

Negative temperatures are no help, either. Salt brine works until it drops to negative twelve degrees. When temperatures get this bitterly cold, it takes a lot more salt to cut through that ice. So, some of these side streets and county roads might have to just wait for Mother Nature to clear it up.

Bruce Nord: "That ice is going to be there for awhile. It's going to take some warmer temperatures. And of course, the next 48 hours, we're talking some pretty cold temperatures."

The best bet is to avoid driving altogether.

Gina Anderson: "I'm probably going to go home and stay there."

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