Drivers Dealing with Dangerous Road Conditions

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- The road conditions Monday have been were worse than any other snow storm we've had so far this winter.

A taste of spring Sunday and now six inches of snow.

Dr. Scott Lewis, a chemistry professor at JMU, said the difference this time was that it rained first, so any pre-treatment would've been washed away.

He said the only other way to melt ice once it has already stuck to pavement is to heat it or apply pressure.

"Water is a very unique compound in that it actually expands when it freezes. And if you put enough pressure on it you can actually compress it back down and when it presses back down it will liquefy. So, with enough pressure, like the bottom of an ice skate you can actually turn ice back into water," said Lewis.

Harrisonburg Street Superintendent Kenny Knight said the only thing they can do now is lay sand and salt to help driver get traction.

"We couldn't do any preliminary treatment because of the rain. It would have diluted the chemicals and probably just wash them away. Plus with the temperatures being as cold as they are, it's going to be tough little storm to come back until temperature gets up a little bit," said Knight.

Remember, as the roads begin to freeze, only go out if you have to.


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