Icy and slick road conditions made a busy time for Vermont state police responding to multiple accidents across the state on Tuesday.
VTrans' General Manager Regean Lafleche said the temperatures may be on the rise overnight and hopefully by Wednesday's morning commute, drivers won't have to deal with the freezing rain, slick roads and icy bridges like drivers did on Tuesday.
Vermont State Police responded to accidents on I-91 and more crashes on I-89.
"I would say probably somewhere in about a dozen," John Flannigan, VSP Lieutenant of Traffic Operations.
Police had to shutdown northbound and southbound lanes between Exits 7 and 8 due to multiple collisions caused by ice and speed.
"Speed limits are for dry, clear conditions. Whether it be water, ice or snow on the roads, you've got to decrease your speed and increase your following distance." John Flannigan.
In a lot of areas, bridges freezing over before the roads.
VTrans said that's when drivers really need to play it safe.
"It's just all open-exposed bridge so the frost can penetrate those bridges. That temperature of the asphalt cools down faster then our roadways, because right now our roadways have not not gotten any frost in the ground yet," said Rejean Lafleche, VTrans General Manager.
He said freezing rain poses more of a challenge for drivers then snow.
"You really don't have any control once it does freeze to the roadways. It becomes extremely slippery. Where as snow you still have control on the roadway," said Rejean Lafleche.
Drivers we talked with were having some difficulties.
"There's water everywhere," said Will Grenier.
Will Grenier of Colchester had to buy new windshield wiper blades.
"If I had a passenger they wouldn't be able to see," said Will Grenier.
Jacqueline Hamlin of North Hero drove on Route 2 and I-89 into South Burlington.
She said it took longer then usual.
"It's raining really hard so you have to keep going slow. Don't want an accident,"said Jacqueline Hamlin of North Hero.
Hydroplaning is also a major concern on the highways.
Police said keep that in mind especially when driving in the dark.
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