Icy roads cause several wrecks

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by Derek Smith

 ANCHORAGE, Ak---Mother nature blessed Anchorage early Thursday morning with snowfall and rising temperatures. A mixture that spells disaster. 

 
"You're driving along and all of the sudden the conditions drastically change, thats where you see the surprise part for people," APD Jennifer Castro says. 
 
With temperatures rising to the mid thirties, road conditions were a little mushy thursday. 
The DOT warns commuters expect conditions to be even worse Friday. 
 
"Looks like we may be in for more surprises and a little of some water on top of ice. Looks like we got some fog, generally when it raises makes things slicker. Looks like we have some high wind warnings coming our way so lots of surprises out there still to be had," DOT Jill Reese says. 
 
If you were on your way to work Thursday morning, you probably realized a series of wrecks along the side of the road. That's mainly in part because of the surprise winter storm we had this morning dumping another few inches of snow. Now mix that with rising temperatures and you have over forty wrecks since five thirty this morning, three of them involving injuries. 
 
"Of course we jumped right on the storm, and got out there. Normally, if mother nature cooperates we try to get out before people get on the highway and get that cleared away for commuters coming in," Reese says. 
 
If there is one thing we can do, it's learn from our mistakes. DOT offers some advice. 
 
"Pat the breaks, another idea is to get one tire in the snow that will slow you down. Put your gear in neutral that stops the forward motion of your car so all of those are good things to remember," says Reese.
 
With temperature variations and high wind advisory, APD is preparing for the worst.
 
"With all this warming up and freezing, thats always a good indication brace yourself. We will be responding to a lot of vehicle incidents during that time period," Castro says. 
 

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