Crews treating roads in case of flash freeze

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NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WPRI) — Communities in the southern part of Rhode Island saw much less snow during Monday’s storm, but crews there still had trouble to deal with on the roads.

The storm switched over to rain and freezing rain much sooner in South County, and with temperatures falling sharply Monday night – the wet weather presented a serious threat of flash freezing.

The town’s DPW director said crews have been working non-stop to plow away the slushy mess and treat the roads with salt and sand.

Eyewitness News found a crew of shovelers chipping away at a layer of ice that coated everything Monday afternoon.

“We had a snow blower last time, but the snow’s a little too heavy and we’ve only got three guys with us, so it’s quicker to do it by hand,” said Zachary Paone of South Kingstown. “The last storm had more powdery snow. This one is starting to get wet and it’s a lot heavier, but it’s definitely not as much.”

“This is nothing,” added Ronnie Miller. “The last storm we were out for like 17 hours. This will be pretty quick.”

The DPW director said he had 18 trucks on the road Monday. They’ll be salting Monday night, then back out working again Tuesday morning.

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