PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Officials are warning Rhode Island drivers to be cautious, saying melting snow combined with freezing rain overnight and limited salt supplies to treat road may result in treacherous conditions.
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation says snow that melted after warmer temperatures blanketed the state on Thursday, together with freezing rain and pavement temperatures near freezing overnight may lead to black ice.
Road conditions may be complicated by the fact that the state has limited supplies of salt to apply on roadways. The state has less than 5,000 tons of salt left and fresh supplies should arrive next month. Until then, the state is using a mix of salt and sand and says it prioritizing major intersections and highways.
State transportation officials urge drivers to reduce speed, especially on untreated surfaces, and allow extra time for travel.
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