Weather mix causing slick conditions for drivers and crews
By: Jillian Wilson
The mixed bag of weather is causing unpredictable conditions for drivers and crews are just trying to keep up.
"I'm just trying to go about 10 underneath the speed limit just trying to take my time and not rush anywhere. Make sure I keep a lot of space between a couple cars, so if anybody slides you don't hit anybody," says Andrew Swafford, a QC driver.
Folks from the Rock Island Public Works Department say he's doing the right thing.
The mix of snow, sleet, wind, and rain is making roads slick and dangerous, conditions that will continue throughout the night.
"I had somebody turn left in front of me and I had to stop and it was a little slick when I had to stop, so I kind of have to keep an eye out, drive defensively," says Joel Chapman, a QC Driver.
Drivers we talked to on I–80 say the changing conditions are making them feel uneasy behind the wheel.
"Just cause you don't know if people are used to driving in the snow, if they know how to use their cars correctly, it's just scary. People not paying attention and what not," says Ginger Reilley, an I-80 driver.
Experts from Public Works tell CBS4, it's only going to get worse as the temps drop.
"It's hard to tell right now what we've had because a lot of it melted when it first came down. And now it's much colder and it's blowing around. We could have problems with pavements re–icing," says Bob Hawes, Rock Island Public Works.
Crews will be out all night, until we know for certain the storm is over.
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