Sunshine Today Could Lead to Slippery Roads Tonight

Marion, Ohio – Today we reached a high of 41 degrees and boy did the sunshine feel good. But with our recent snow storm, a lot of it has melted away leaving some wet spots on our roadways. We want to remind everyone that tonight’s temperatures are expected to get into the low 20’s. This means we will be well below freezing and those wet spots on the roadways, could lead to come slippery spots as you are driving. AARP says to watch out for Black Ice.

Beware of “black ice.” It is ice that forms with almost no air bubbles, which makes the ice transparent and appears the same color as the road surface. On asphalt or dark-colored roads, this ice appears black. Black ice is extremely dangerous because it is so difficult to see. The only way you will know if you have hit a patch of black ice is that you will start sliding. Take your foot off the gas pedal and do not step on the brake; continue driving straight. Hopefully, the patch will end soon and you will be back in control on the road again.

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Black ice, sometimes called clear ice, is a thin coating of glaze ice on a surface, especially on roads. The ice itself is not black, but visually transparent, allowing the often black road below to be seen through it.

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