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Experts say to watch out for black ice

MT. VERNON, IL (KFVS) - The wintry precipitation may be gone, but the remnants left behind could still pose a danger to drivers.

One of the biggest hazards on the road Monday was black ice.

The Mt. Vernon fire department responded to a vehicle crash on Monday morning as a direct result of black ice, according to Mt. Vernon firefighter Doug Boczek.

“The biggest problem we have with black ice is how fast it comes along," Boczek said.

Black Ice forms as surfaces refreeze during the night time, according to Heartland News Meteorologist Brian McCormick.

When temperatures drop below freezing, like we saw from early Monday through the evening -- Moisture freezes on to untreated surfaces.

“Motorists can't see it," Boczek said. "It comes in patches as opposed to regular ice that you can see and is spread across the road ways.”
McCormick has tips on how to keep you safe this winter season.

During the overnight hours, McCormick suggests that motorists slow down, especially when temperatures are below freezing and if there is any moisture on the highway.

McCormick also advises to give yourself some extra stopping distance and most importantly, give yourself extra time to travel.

“We encourage motorists to slow down through the overnight. Whenever the temperatures are below freezing and there is moisture on the highway. Give yourself some extra stopping distance and most importantly, give yourself some extra time to get where you need to be…”

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