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Richmond road conditions improve Friday

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

If you ventured out Friday, you probably noticed a huge difference in road conditions. After a messy few days, plows finally made progress getting them cleared. For the first time in days, driving around pretty much every main artery in the city was smooth sailing. 

That was good news for the Artis family who came from North Richmond to hit the sledding hill at Forest Hill Park.

"It was pretty clear," Calvin Artis said. "The roads were ok. You just take your time."

Matt Brown, who drove from Chesterfield to the city, didn't notice much of a difference between Richmond and county roads. In fact, both defied his expectations.

"I thought it would be a little icy," Brown described. "I thought the big chunks of ice were going to hit the bottom of my car but it wasn't too bad."

One of the things that may have made a difference this time around is when crews actually put the plows down on the pavement. The city Department of Public Works says because of the complaints it got in the last few storms, crews actually started plowing earlier. They put the blades down when the snow hit the two inch mark, instead of the three inch level.

Earlier in the day though side streets were still a problem for Maria McCarthy.

"Right now they're actually full of ice and especially after the rain yesterday, it got really worse after the second snowfall," she explained. "It's pretty icy right now."

Department of Public Works officials say Thursday's additional storm band did create problems. Crews had already been working on those residential streets, but when more snow came through, plows had to go back and clear main roads yet again.

Friday, they returned to the neighborhoods and actually had some help from Mother Nature, whose bright sun melted most of what the storm left behind.

"They're doing a good job," Artis added. "The streets are pretty good."

A spokesperson for DPW also says crews are putting down sand and salt on the roads Friday night to avoid another freeze, should the temperature drop significantly.

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