Black ice, slick side roads possible; Major road conditions improve in the Heartland

Updated: Feb. 12, 2021 at 10:11 AM CST
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(KFVS) - Road conditions continue to improve throughout the Heartland on Friday.

Most major roadways are clear, but slick spots and black ice are possible.

Also, many side roads, parking lots and sidewalks will likely still be covered or have slicks spots.

With temperatures below freezing, any remaining precipitation on roadways, parking lots and sidewalk can refreeze, even after spreading salt.

Road crews are on standby to treat trouble spots, but some treatments do not work under 25 degrees.

Temperatures today will range in the 20s, but strong northerly winds will make it feel like the teens.

If you are traveling today, you can check current road conditions by clicking on the links below.

The Missouri Department of Transportation lifted the No Travel Advisory for Southeast Missouri. MoDOT issued the advisory shortly after midnight on Thursday due to ongoing icy conditions for most of the day.

At 10 a.m. the MoDOT travel map showed many major roadways in southeast Missouri were mostly clear, with some clear of ice.

A look at the travel map from the Missouri Department of Transportation, as of 10 a.m. on...
A look at the travel map from the Missouri Department of Transportation, as of 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 12. (Source: Missouri Department of Transportation)((Source: Missouri Department of Transportation))

As of 8 p.m. on Thursday, Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop E reported 142 calls for service, 67 stranded motorists, 49 crashes and 5 injury crashes for the day.

From midnight to 8 a.m. on Thursday, MSHP reported 52 calls for service, 17 stranded motorists, 31 crashes and 9 injury crashes.

On Wednesday, MSHP troopers responded to 227 calls for service, 89 stranded motorists, 102 crashes and 11 injury crashes.

No deadly crashes have been reported in southeast Missouri.

Cape Girardeau Police report that many roadways treated and plowed Wednesday were frozen-over due to below freezing temperatures overnight into Thursday morning. Driving conditions were dangerous. Many city streets and county roads were partially covered in ice and interstates and overpasses were very slick. Drivers were encouraged to stay home if possible or delay their travels until temperatures rose and road crews had the opportunity to further treat the roadways. Crews responded to dozens of slide-offs in a 24-hour period.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop E reported that black ice on I-55 in New Madrid County on Wednesday was to blame for two SEMIs crashing at the at the 26 mm.

The Illinois Department of Transportation reported at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, that a crash in Mississippi County, Mo. on the I-57 bridge at Cairo blocked all the southbound lanes at exit 1, which is Route 3.

The New Madrid, Mississippi, Stoddard and Perry County Sheriff’s offices all reported multiple crashes on Wednesday due to icy roads and deteriorating conditions as sleet and freezing rain pushed into the Heartland.

Sheriff’s office in Jackson, Union and Alexander Counties said there were no crashes overnight into Friday morning and that driving conditions have improved.

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation travel map at 10 a.m. on Friday, roads in southern Illinois were clear in every county except Union, where roads are partly covered.

This is a big improvement in 24-hours. On Thursday morning, roads were mostly covered in Gallatin, Johnson and Union Counties and partly covered in Alexander, Jackson, Jefferson, Hamilton, Hardin, Massac, Perry, and Pope Counties.

IDOT urged drivers to stay home if possible due to icy conditions.

On Wednesday, Illinois State Police reported that Route 14 in Perry and Franklin Counties were iced-over and several slide-offs were reported.

A look at the travel map from the Illinois Department of Transportation, as of 10 a.m. on...
A look at the travel map from the Illinois Department of Transportation, as of 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 12. (Source: Ill. Dept. of Transportation)((Source: Ill. Dept. of Transportation))

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 1 Snow & Ice Team will be reporting at 5 a.m. on Friday to salt bridges overpasses and other potential trouble spots.

Their shift will begin ahead of the morning commute.

Teams were on call overnight to treat trouble spots that may have developed.

KYTC said crews were not out in force overnight due to temperatures dropping into the teens because ice-fighting chemicals are less effective.

Drivers were asked to limit travel overnight due to the potential for hazardous driving conditions.

KYTC also said cold temperatures going into the weekend are expected to reduce the ability of highway crews to improve driving conditions through Tuesday.

Here’s some video of our crews at work around the region today.

Posted by KYTC District 1 on Thursday, February 11, 2021

At 4 a.m. on Thursday, crews ramped up their ice-fighting activities and tapered off efforts later that night.

Several KYTC crews started at 1 a.m. to treat trouble spots.

Crews spread salt and used other ice-fighting chemicals.

The District 1 has a Super Tanker that sprays brine enhanced with calcium chloride. It has been used along Interstate 24 and Interstate 69.

Even with road treatment efforts, KYTC is urged drivers to stay off the roads if possible due to the potential for hazardous driving conditions.

KYTC remains concerned about roadways re-freezing, possible freezing fog that may form around larger bodies of water and cold temperatures that will reduce the effectiveness of ice-fighting chemicals.

Calloway County

Calloway County deputies reported slick conditions Thursday. The sheriff’s office urged drivers to stay home, but if travel was necessary, they advised taking it slow.

Graves County

The Graves County Sheriff’s Office said there were numerous crashes on Wednesday due to icy roads. Several vehicles slide off of KY 849 near Hopewell Road in the northern part of the county. Sheriff Jon Hayden said some vehicles are being left in road ditches due to tow trucks not being able to get to the scenes due to hazardous road conditions. The vehicles will be marked with tape to indicate they have been checked by first responders.

02-10-21 7:30AM Re: Numerous traffic accidents throughout Graves County due to icy roads. This is just one of many...

Posted by Graves County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, February 10, 2021


The Crittenden County Sheriff’s Department urged drivers to stay home overnight Wednesday into to Thursday due to icy roads with some impassable in numerous places.

Lyon County

KYTC reported that I-24 was slick Thursday. Superintendent Jordan Yates urged drivers not to get out unless they had too and to drive slowly. He is also explained that it takes time for ice-melting treatment to improve conditions.


Benton, Kentucky Police reported that driving conditions on Thursday were slick on U.S. 641 from I-69 to Murray and on I-24.


McCracken County Sheriff’s deputies overnight Wednesday into Thursday reported very slick conditions and that U.S. 60 was quickly becoming ice covered.

On Wednesday, drivers were urged not to travel I-24 due to ice-covered bridges. Sheriff’s deputies and emergency crews responded to crashes as soon and as safely as they can.

Please be cautious today if you have to get on the roadway.

Posted by McCracken County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, February 10, 2021

The City of Paducah asked drivers to stay home and off the roads if possible from Wednesday through Thursday. An Ice Storm Warning was in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday. Road conditions continued to deteriorate.


Emergency Management reported that a layer of ice developed on U.S. 60 at Dead Mans Curve overnight Wednesday and into Thursday.

KYTC reminded drivers that travel could become even more hazardous on Thursday due to the likelihood of more accumulating ice in the forecast.

In addition to pretreating roads and responding to slick areas, KYTC crews also had chainsaws and other tree-clearing equipment ready to use if needed.

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