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Update: Agency reports roads are fine as storm moves out of region

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Road crews keeping ahead of storm

Salt trucks were busy Friday morning trying to get ahead of the severe ice storm headed for southwestern Illinois. Fairview Heights, IL, road crews loaded trucks for another round of pre-treatment.
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Salt trucks were busy Friday morning trying to get ahead of the severe ice storm headed for southwestern Illinois. Fairview Heights, IL, road crews loaded trucks for another round of pre-treatment.

11:45 a.m.: The St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency reports that roads are in “great shape” and that temperatures are expected to stay above freezing for the rest of the day so any further rain that falls won’t freeze.

With temperatures hovering around freezing, a wintry drizzle could turn into a light glazing of ice with accumulations of 0.1 to 0.2 inches, according to the National Weather Service in St. Louis.

An ice storm warning will continue in the region through noon Sunday. Bridges, untreated roads and overpasses were expected to be the most hazardous. Freezing rain is expected to turn into rain later Sunday afternoon.

As of 8 a.m., roads in the metro-east were at least partially covered with patches of ice, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. The department warned motorists to use caution when driving, as roads could be slippery.

Belleville, IL, street department trucks load up and hit the streets to lay down salt to melt ice on the roads.

Slippery sidewalks during the early part of the ice storm Friday, plus the county building closing, led to a pretty deserted downtown in Belleville, IL.

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