CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Salt trucks and snow plows continued to ply the state's highways this morning as a band of snow showers blew through just in time for the morning commute.
"The roads are pretty good, surprisingly," said state Division of Highways spokesman Brent Walker. "Our crews have been out there basically since Friday. It's been around the clock for us."
Walker said higher elevations of U.S. 19 in Nicholas and Raleigh counties were still getting sizable amounts of snowfall this morning, but a band of snow showers that passed through the state around 6 a.m. had largely blown through. Most major highways were clear this morning.
Walker said road crews have been treating roads, helping clear flooded areas and removing downed trees and rock slides since Dec. 6, when a weekend storm bearing heavy rains and occasionally heavy snowfall passed through. He said crews have done a good job keeping up with the weather.
But that doesn't mean it's safe to go barreling down the interstate like it's high summer.
"The interstates aren't 70 mph roads right now," Walker said. "Everything needs to slow down on days like these.
"What people have come to expect are clear roads," he said. "We don't expect that. We expect roads to be treated and plowed, but you can still run into black ice and slush."
Interstate 79 between Amma and Charleston was typical of the condition of many roads this morning. While the main traffic lane was clear and had patches of dry pavement, the fast lane was an almost solid sheet of black ice for much of the way.
Conditions improved closer to Charleston, but both lanes still had patches of slush.
"We strongly encourage travelers to slow down," Walker said.
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