Motorists will get some relief as temps slowly start to rise

GREENFIELD — Conditions on icy roads will likely start improving today as temperatures rise, marking an end to the two-day arctic blast that left local officials struggling to keep ahead and many area residents braving the cold to get to work.

While streets remained covered in hard-packed snow Tuesday, salt and chemicals applied earlier will start melting the ice today when temperatures rise to the middle 20s, local officials say.

Hancock County remained under an orange travel advisory level, meaning only essential travel was encouraged. Area schools were closed for a second day in a row – and will be closed again today – but as temperatures warmed to 8 degrees Tuesday, people headed out on the roads.

Larry Ervin, Hancock County Emergency Management director, said the travel advisory could improve to a yellow status as early as today, but he noted the slick conditions Tuesday. The yellow status is the lowest travel advisory, meaning routine travel might be restricted in some areas.

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