Thaw-Freeze Cycle Spells Ice Tonight

Black Ice Alert

After a second day of snow showers and bitter temperatures, the stage is set for some slick walking and driving conditions again tonight.

This morning’s accident that shut I-77 down in Kanawha County was the result of icy roads that formed after a light overnight snowfall. The snow was compacted into a thin glare ice. The frigid temperatures rendered salt less useful.

This afternoon’s bright sun glinted smartly off the fresh snow pack. Despite temperatures struggling to make 25, a good deal of melting occurred thanks to the radiant energy from Ol Sol. Now however, the sun has set and slush and standing water have refrozen.

So any sidewalk or side street that have a sheen to them are no doubt accidents waiting to happen both on foot or by car. That means extra caution should be used tonight as you venture out.

Of course, main roads are fine so if you have plans, just be careful where the road appears wet, because it isn't !


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