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Published January 16, 2013, 06:02 PM

Police advising cautious driving following melting and re-freezing of snow

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Police are urging caution to drivers on area roads tonight. Since 6:30 this morning, there have been more than 50 car accidents in Cass and Clay counties.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Police are urging caution to drivers on area roads tonight. Since 6:30 this morning, there have been more than 50 car accidents in Cass and Clay counties.

The number of car accidents today was well over double what it would be on an average day.

Roads are still pretty slippery from ice that formed overnight, and a fresh dusting of snow.

A new layer of ice that formed overnight came as a surprise to some drivers.

Michael Rott, Fargo Resident: "I mean, when I went to bed, there was a little snow, but other than that, I wasn't expecting it. But here it is, you have to expect it, it's Fargo."

While Fargo-Moorhead slept, temperatures rose above freezing.

But as the morning progressed and the temperatures dropped, the melted snow and ice re-froze causing some slipping and sliding on area roads.

Rott: "Yeah, it's slippery. When the snow covers it you can't see the ice. So, you don't know what's going to happen, you don't know where it's going to come from."

Sgt. Mark Lykken, Fargo Police Department: "The one thing we'd remind people, is we've had a pretty mild winter as far as snow goes. So, people need to practice their safe driving skills and certainly pay a little more attention to the roads right now."

This accident sent one woman to the hospital with leg pain. A driver following too close to a semi ran a red light and collided with the woman's car.

Police say accidents like this underscore the importance of cautious driving on slick, snow-covered roads.

Lykken: "What we're asking is for people to allow a little more stopping distance, and to slow down."

Plows have been out all day dropping sand and chemicals, and road conditions have improved. But it is still slick, so be careful.

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