Last updated: January 30. 2014 11:41AM - 522 Views
By Lucas Vance lvance@civitasmedia.com

This is an example of black ice.
This is an example of black ice.
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WINNSBORO —It is still below freezing in Fairfield County, so motorists should exercise caution when on the roadways and watch out for black ice. Black ice is hazardous frozen water and is especially dangerous on shaded roadways where the sun doesn’t shine.

Black ice, sometimes called clear ice, refers to a thin coating of glazed ice on a surface. While not truly black, it is virtually transparent, allowing black asphalt/macadam roadways or the surface below to be seen through it.

When black ice is present, there is a risk of skidding and subsequent accident due to the loss of traction.

While driving, motorists should drive below the speed limit and exercise an increased following distance.

According to the S.C. Department of Transportation, most roads have returned to dry/normal conditions, however some secondary roads are still covered with snow/ice. Temperatures are currently (11:30 am. Jan. 30) below freezing, but temperatures are forecast to be above the freezing mark this afternoon.

This will help accelerate ice removal efforts. While this is encouraging news, icing will continue to be a lingering problem on our roadways until this afternoon. Travel on secondary roads may be treacherous in sections and extreme caution is recommended.

SCDOT crews in the Fairfield County district will continue working on rotating 12-hour shifts applying salt and other anti-icing/deicing materials. Primary and Interstate routes are in good condition. Some isolated areas on secondary routes still have ice. On-call crews are responding to requests from 911 and S.C. Highway Patrol.

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