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Icy Roads Cause Wrecks Across Northern Nevada

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Courtesy: Nevada Highway Patrol Courtesy: Nevada Highway Patrol

Icy conditions made for some slow moving traffic this morning capping off a dangerous and busy night on the roads.

"Almost 110-plus crashes, just in the greater Reno-Sparks area. So, it's a great reminder for all motorists to really change their driving habits when the challenging weather conditions are here on the valley floor or even in the upper elevations," says NHP spokesman Chuck Allen.

Those accidents meant some people spent a lot more time in their cars than they planned.

"Last night, I was on I-80 and there were probably about five spinouts there. So, traffic was probably backed up for about three hours," says Justin Woodward of Reno.

The icy roads and car accidents meant staying put, for others.

"I was trying to go home at about 10:30, last night, and I got on the freeway and I passed two accidents, right away. Then I decided to stay at my buddy's house, instead," says Evan Cass of Carson City.

Along with morning commuters, you could also find crews working to clear the roads, using sand and salt.

"Today, it looks a little bit better. It's not as icy and roads are a little bit better," says Woodward.

With the rising daytime temperatures, the ice finally started melting and traffic began moving more normally.

"Things really started to pick up much more smoothly, once we hit the 9:00 hour, this morning. But between six and nine, I think we had continuously 10 to 12 crashes on the radar screen."

While the thawed roads are welcome site for drivers, troopers say it can also give people a false sense of security as we head into the night.

"Especially,if you're one of those folks who drive all day and then toward the end of they day, you're just thinking about getting home and now you're driving on very thin, black ice."

That black ice is something to be aware of now that the temperature is dropping..

So just remember to go slowly, keep plenty of distance between you and the driver in front of you, and give yourself more time to get from one place to another.

You can check road conditions and possible restrictions before you head out the door by dialing 511. Or just head to ktvn.com and click on the road conditions button at the top of the page.

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Written by Paul Nelson 

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