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Roads freezing over after drastic drop in temperature

Thursday’s warm and rainy weather conditions came to a bitter-cold end. (WCCU)

Thursday’s warm and rainy weather conditions came to a bitter-cold end.

Just after the rush hour, road crews set out on a mission.

"Get enough salt down on the pavement to keep it from flash freezing," City of Urbana Public Works Department Operations Manager John Collins said.

Collins said flash freezing happens when a drastic drop in temperature turns what was once rain into ice.

The potentially dangerous weather conditions keep Collins’ crews working around the clock.

"Right now we're holding a shift until midnight, have another shift coming in at midnight, and then we have a shift coming in at 4 a.m. to take care of the sidewalks," Collins said.

He said while salt is the main ingredient to keeping the roads safe, it's up to the drivers to go slow.

"They just always need to plan ahead,” Collins said. “Give themselves a little extra time to plan where they're going."

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