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Black ice forming on local roads

October 29, 2013

As colder weather starts coming into the area, Grays Harbor Emergency Management is warning residents about the dangers of black ice. Local officials say that drivers should be extremely cautious during the early morning hours and any time temperatures drop to near freezing, as it did last night and will continue this week.

Black ice can occur when the air temperature is near 34-36 degrees.

In black ice, it is important that if your car does begin to skid, turn the wheel in the direction of the skid. This should help to steer your car back on the right track.

Take your foot off the gas pedal as soon as you begin to slide, and don’t slam on the brakes. This will just cause your vehicle to slide more. Slow down and tap your brake pedal instead.

Watch for trouble spots ahead and leave plenty of space between your vehicle and others on the road.

Bridges and overpasses are also common spots for black ice to form. Use extra caution in these areas, where the road surface freezes more quickly. Even if you have been cruising down the highway with no problem, an overpass or bridge can be unexpectedly icy.

For any questions, contact Emergency Management at (360) 249-3911.

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