Sheriff: The roads are terrible

Road conditions are still poor and officials are advising all residents to stay home and off the roads.

The temperature this morning is about 10 degrees below zero, which is too cold for road salt to melt ice and snow on local roads. Wind overnight caused drifting, and the frigid temperatures have frozen ice and snow to the roads making plowing difficult today, Johnson County Highway Department director Luke Mastin said.

“Due to the cold temperatures, we would advise everyone to stay off the roads to give us the best opportunity to get them at least passable,” Mastin said.

The county remains under a travel warning, meaning no one should be traveling on roads except for emergency workers. Motorists could be ticketed by police if they are on the roads while the travel ban is in effect. Some businesses are open, however.

County plow trucks have been focusing on main roads first and were not able to plow some side streets and neighborhoods overnight. Main roads will be the priority again this morning, but plows will be getting to side streets to do at least a first pass of plowing today, Mastin said.

Drivers have heeded the travel warning as few motorists were on the road overnight. The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office responded to eight slideoffs overnight and no property damage or injury accidents, Sheriff Doug Cox said.

Plow drivers saw very few cars on the road, which helped since roads weren’t blocked by stranded vehicles, Mastin said.

Residents should avoid getting in their cars this morning, Cox said.

“We need people to stay home because the roads are terrible,” he said.

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