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Slippery Roads Possible From Freezing Rain North Of New York City

CONGERS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) -- Dropping temperatures that could mean danger on the roads.

Those icy conditions are in the northern suburbs.

As CBS2's Tony Aiello reports, crews have been busy in Congers in Rockland County.

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Temperatures dropped as Friday afternoon ticked away. Icicles formed on many surfaces, but roads were mostly fine, thanks to extensive salting operations.

Eric Gabrielson is in his 24th year driving a plow for the Rockland town of Clarkstown.

"Dealing with the ice is so much more difficult than dealing with the snow... it's hard to stop, hard to go," Gabrielson said. "It becomes an issue with the trees and branches hanging lower, especially when you're in a big truck like this. You've got to worry about doing damage."

In the village of Wesley Hills, a tree branch was set ablaze after landing on a power line. Spook Rock Road was temporarily closed.

The major issues are 90 miles north of New York City. Kingston, in Ulster County, had 100 roads closed earlier Friday, ice taking down trees and power lines.

Central Hudson Utilities shared a video of trees toppling under the weight of ice.

AAA is advising drivers to take it slow Friday and leave space between your car and others. Plus, have proper tires and other functioning equipment to keep you safe.

"It can take a vehicle up to nine times longer to stop in ice compared to clear conditions and remember posted speed limits are for ideal conditions," AAA's Robert Sinclair said. "You'll need to have sufficient tread to bite into ice and snow."

The same principle goes for walking.

A doctor from LIJ Forest Hills said to make sure the footwear you have on is appropriate with the proper treads, which will help stop you from slipping. Also, try to have your hands free to catch yourself in a potential fall and avoid a head injury.

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Nonetheless, all experts say the simplest way to avoid injuries or accidents is to just stay home in inclement weather.

A travel advisory has been issued for New York City and commuters are urged to use public transportation.

Alternate side parking in suspended through Saturday in the city.

New Jersey has issued a commercial vehicle restriction on Interstate highways.

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