GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The snowstorm marks the first one in December for the Piedmont Triad in seven years and it has come with many problems.
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That includes quick deteriorating road conditions due to sleet and snow providing problems for school buses and for drivers.
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Snow plows have been out and about doing their part to clear the streets in Rockingham County. Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page said emergency officials have been busy all day and night.
That’s after a handful of school buses got stuck and more than three dozen cars crashed on the road due to slick driving conditions. Sheriff Sam Page said that’s proof that road conditions are too dangerous to drive on.
Sheriff Page also said, “This is the first snowstorm of the season. There are still a lot of people that are not experienced driving in slick weather conditions. When you add the 30° temperature or less and you add the snow and the slush and the moisture, there's always potential for dangerousness when you operate on the highways.”
With temperatures expected to stay at or below freezing the conditions are only expected to get worse. The slush on the roads could quickly turn to ice.
In Reidsville, the grocery stores were packed with long lines. Shoppers, of course, waiting to get milk and bread among other items. Shelves or milk and bread were bare at Lowes Foods.
A shopper who we spoke with said, she would rather be safe than sorry.
Shae Tharrington said, “I just wanted to make sure that I got all my groceries that I needed now. With two kids, I think it's a safer route to do now rather than later.”
In Stokes County, the school bus routes became too difficult to get all the students to their normal drop off points even with early dismissal.
Stokes County Schools Superintendent Dr. Brad Rice apologized to parents and students in a Facebook video.
He said in part, “I was wrong. I made a mistake today that put many of your children and you at risk and for that I’m sorry.”
Calls went out to parents after school closed early at 1:30 p.m. Some buses on their routes had to stop for safety. School buses stopped in neutral areas for safety reasons.
Two school buses in Francisco went over to the fire station where about 15 to 20 students were picked up by parents.
In Greensboro, roads are dangerous tonight and will be overnight through the morning. City crews are hitting the streets with salt trucks. A new shift of 40 trucks is taking over through the overnight hours. However, the trucks will not clear every single street right away. Along the Flemming Road area, two cars got stuck. Earlier on Friday, Greensboro police responded to 35 accidents at the same time. Police say if you don't have to be on the road then stay at home.
School bus problems were also reported in Guilford County with three crashes. A man even helped to tow a stuck school bus.
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