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Temperature Extremes Cause Pothole Problems in Northeast

By Samantha-Rae Tuthill, Staff Writer
January 20, 2014, 12:02:31 AM EST

Another round of frigid air is moving into the United States, and the results could be messy for roadways in the Northeast.

Early January brought a string of icy, record-low temperatures to many parts of the Midwest and the East, with each state in the Union hitting the freezing mark in at least one location on Jan. 7.

The following warmup, with above-average highs, and a string of rain melted a good deal of snow across the country, particularly in the Northeast, triggering some flooding problems and ice jams. When water hits paved roads, it can seep into the asphalt and cracks in the streets and can remain below the surface.


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