Drivers say roads were "100 percent worse" than anticipated due to winter storm

Drivers say roads were "100 percent worse" than anticipated due to winter storm (WKEF/WRGT)

MIAMI VALLEY, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - If you were out Friday night, you know how dangerous the conditions are all over the Miami Valley.

Crews are trying to keep up, but it’s still icy.

“It's 100 percent worse than I thought it was going to be,” Derek Helton said.

Helton was on his way home from work and had to stop in Fairborn to clean his wipers. He said the highways werea complete mess.

“675 is a little better than 70, but you're still going 10 to 20 miles per hour,” Helton said.

Montgomery, Clark and Darke counties are among those that have declared level one snow emergencies. They’re telling drivers to be safe and stay alert on the roadways.

Chelsea Lee wishes she would've stayed home.

“I was trying to clean my windshield wipers and it snapped right back and cracked my windshield,” Lee said.

She's now stuck at a gas station, until help arrives.

“It's a little cold waiting for my man to get here,” Lee said.

Road crews are out trying to get the roads clean, but without much traffic salt and plows can only do so much.

“It's beautiful, but it's definitely messy out there,” Lee said.

Back roads are worse than main. If you have to be out, drive slow and be patient.

Despite the terrible weather, Whitney Boutwell remains optimistic.

“It's pretty crazy, cold, but I can't wait to play in it tomorrow,” Boutwell said.

Helton plans to hunker down, hoping the roads clear up in the morning.

“I'm going to go home and make some hot chocolate and never go out again,” Helton said.

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