Main roads in better shape as temps rise above freezing today
UPDATED 11:33 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 11 — The worst may be behind us in Ice Storm 2011 as a combination of road crew efforts and rising temperatures melt away much of the icy coating on main roads in Fayette County.
While schools, government offices and a majority of businesses remain closed for the second straight day after an accumulation of 1 to 3 inches of snow, then ice, brought normal operations to a halt, state highways 54 and 85 were easily passable at 11 a.m. today.
Icy patches remain, prompting the need for caution and much slower speeds, but wet asphalt is now the rule rather than the exception.
Even secondary roads are clear in many areas, with the remaining trouble spots mainly in neighborhoods, cul-de-sacs and other less-traveled areas.
A steady flow of traffic is occurring on the main drag through Fayetteville as of 11 a.m., but the slushy medians and turn lanes are still problematic.
In a specific note, The Citizen’s parking lot in Fayetteville that was a sheet of ice yesterday is today mainly wet asphalt and mostly ice-free.
The National Weather Service is forecasting a high today of 37 degrees, with above-freezing temperatures from now until just after sundown. The latest freezing rain advisory expires at noon today.
The NWS local forecast:
This afternoon: A chance of freezing drizzle before 1 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. West wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. Northwest wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 34. Northwest wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Wednesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 17. Northwest wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 37. Northwest wind around 5 mph.
Thursday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 15.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 44.