Black ice expected on roads for morning commute

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Posted by Terry Alexander - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - There's still slush and water on the roads, with dropping temperatures that could turn to ice and create a slew of problems for the morning commute.

"It's important for folks not to let their guards down and think that we're out of the woods simply because the snow has been removed by VDOT," said Virginia State Police Sgt. Tom Cunningham.

In fact the dropping temperatures creates black ice that will make the roads even more treacherous.

"We're expecting it to get much, much colder overnight and into tomorrow morning so we're trying to hit those areas that are wet and trying to get sand and salt so we can provide traction," said Dawn Eischen, VDOT Spokesperson.

In order to avoid accidents altogether, state police offer this advice.

"Acceleration, braking, steering, do things gradually and in moderation. When you jerk the wheel or slam the brakes or gas that could exponentially cause a vehicle to go out of control," said Eischen.

VDOT says if you see their trucks on the road, do not follow too closely. Those drivers may not be able to see your vehicle and the salt or sand could damage your car. It's safest to steer clear.

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