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Officials say to take it slow for your morning commute due to re-freeze threat

Officials advise to take it slow for your morning commute due to re-freeze threat (WKEF/WRGT)

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Dropping temperatures overnight means the threat for refreeze on roads Thursday morning.

Crews county wide spent the day Wednesday clearing main routes, but by Wednesday evening, many side roads remained untouched.

"This morning it took me about 20 minutes to get around the corner to Smithville," said Ken Hill in Dayton.

His street, Cherrywood, was one of the Dayton side streets still in rough shape.

City of Dayton public works said crews were focused on main routes and did not start plowing and salting neighborhoods until for Wednesday afternoon.

The department said plows and salt trucks would stop at 11 o'clock Wednesday night, and not pick back up until Thursday morning.

"Back here they don't typically ever come back through here at all," said Hill.

In Kettering it's the same problem.

"I don't understand why Kettering can't plow secondary streets! And when they do plow them they leave 2 to 3 inches of snow on top because all that doesn't do any good at all!" said John Nagle.

Nagle said that's why he bought a 4 wheel drive truck for his suburban street.

Unplowed streets and any wet roads could mean refreezing to ice or black ice, roads that looks safe but could have you sliding out.

FOX 45 measured the temperature difference between plowed an unplowed streets.

Pavement temperature on the plowed Street was about 20.8°F, while the temperature dropped to 11°F on the unplowed Street.

For Thursday morning, Sheriff Plummer has some advice to stay safe.

"If it's 32°, I know the bridges may be icy, I need you on the road maybe frozen and you have to slow down, watch going over bridges, watch a sharp curves, I do that every morning personally," the sheriff said.

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