Black Ice Making Roads Dangerous

Black Ice Making Roads Dangerous Click to Enlarge Photo: Pixabay

(KNSI) - The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement for our cold weather.

Forecasters say areas of black ice have developed overnight and accidents and spin outs are being reported. According to its Wikipedia page, black ice itself is not black, but "visually transparent allowing the often black road below to be seen through it. It occurs when the textures present in all pavements very slightly below the top of the road surface contain water or moisture, thereby presenting a dry surface to tires until that water or moisture freezes and expands; drivers then find they are riding above the road surface on a honeycombed invisible sheet of ice."

Black ice will continue to be a problem for several hours until the sun can begin to warm the pavement later this morning.

Black ice is very difficult to spot.

If you encounter any ice, let off the accelerator, do not hit the brakes, and keep the steering wheel straight. Sudden movements or changes in speed can cause the vehicle to go into a skid.

To follow the latest road conditions, log on to the Minnesota Department of Transportation road condition information website. You can find it by clicking here.

You can also call 511. It's a free call from any phone.

MNDOT also has an app for iPhone and Android devices.

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