Lots of caution on still-icy roads Monday

CREATED Jan 13, 2013 - UPDATED: Jan 14, 2013

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WAUKESHA - Temperatures in Southeastern Wisconsin have been too low for road salt to work on areas with patches of ice.

That problem has remained since freezing rain and snow on Saturday night.

Many roads remain icy, so people are asked to exercise extra caution Monday morning. 

The lethal combination of freezing rain and frigid temperatures creates chaos on the roads.

Tow companies in Waukesha County say they were busy early Sunday. They even had to call in extra drivers.

"It started to rain a little bit and it just froze instantly on the roads," Gordon Irvine says.

Irvine is with Elders Service and Towing in Waukesha.

"[The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department] said they had a minimum of 25 cars that had spun out or were in accidents," Irvine says.

There were crashes at the Marquette Interchange, near Miller Park Way and National and several other places. The conditions were so bad in some locations that you couldn't even see the crashes because DOT cameras were covered with ice.

Nearly two dozen vehicles that went off the road in Waukesha County Saturday night. Hours later, you can see a thick coating of ice.

DPW crews continue to have trucks out salting major and secondary roads Sunday night.