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Even though the snow has melted, we are still feeling the effects of the snowstorm of December 18th. Snow and ice make roadways dangerous, but snowstorms can also down trees which block the roads.

Police are blaming downed trees from the December snowstorm for a tragic accident that claimed the life of Steven Threadgill, of Lexington, NC, last Friday. The Appalachian News-Express[ reports that Steven died of injuries sustained in a single car collision that took place on U.S. 460, near the Kentucky-Virginia border. According to WYMT News, his girlfriend swerved to avoid a tree in the road, causing the car to flip several times. He was wearing a seat belt, and no alcohol or drugs were suspected.

In the Triad, DigTriad reports that water mains ruptured in Greensboro and Winston-Salem. The intersections of N Church St and Cone Blvd, as well as E Wendover and Huffman St were affected in Greensboro, while the intersection of Silas Creek Parkway and Robinhood Rd was blocked in Winston Salem. Police redirected traffic as temperatures dipped below freezing and the leaking water created icing on the roadway.

Stay on the lookout for winter hazards, even when there’s no snow on the road. Winter storms can make the roads deadly for weeks at a time.

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