What snow and ice leave behind: potholes

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va.-(WTAP) The snow and ice of the past few weeks nearly disappeared over the weekend.

But drivers now have to contend with something else on city and state roads: potholes.

Both the city of Parkersburg and the West Virginia Division of Highways were out patching those potholes Monday.

Officials say the reason for the asphalt breaking up has a lot to do with the salting-and even plowing-of recent weeks.

"It's a delicate balance," explains the DOH's Rusty Roten. "You try to make the roads safe for people to travel on, and get them so they're not slick. But it's a detrimental outcome to a lot of the roads that we have."

The city of Parkersburg had four crews out Monday fixing the streets.

But any such fixes will be temporary. That's because a permanent patching material won't be available until spring.