By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
Northwest Georgia’s first winter storm of the season dumped light accumulations of sleet, snow and ice across the region Thursday and below-freezing temperatures overnight have emergency management officials worrying that the Friday morning commute could be a slippery one.
According to Ken Davis of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, the continuous rainfall of this past week has caused wet roads to become potentially hazardous with the threat of black ice.
“As much as moisture and rainfall and water that we have on the ground, forget about the surface temperature on the ground when the temperature drops to around 26 degrees or so—there’s going to be ice somewhere, and you don’t want to be the one to find it going too fast in your vehicle,” Davis said. “If there are reports of ice, if you have to go, give yourself extra time and use extra, extra caution.”
Black ice is so-named because it is difficult to spot, especially in the dark, wee hours of the morning. For this reason, both Davis and the Weather Channel warn drivers to be extra cautious and to drive slowly, particularly on bridges and overpasses.
Remember to brake slowly to avoid skidding, and if you do find yourself hydroplaning, and you have standard brakes, pump them gently until you stop. For vehicles with anti-lock brakes, don’t pump, but rather apply steady pressure until your car comes to a rest.