Piedmont road crews back at work with threat of black ice

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A rainy day and snowy night can be a bad mix for drivers across the Piedmont.

That’s why sand trucks were back on the road Thursday night despite the expectation of very little snow fall and sleet across our area.

“NCDOT crews will apply salt when accumulation begins on bridges and roadways,” said a press release from the state Department of Transportation. “Accumulation of less than one half-inch is expected so plowing will not be necessary.”

But the threat of ice will keep trucks busy applying the salt to bridges and overpasses. They are more likely to freeze before the roads because of the added element of wind speeding the cooling process.

Black ice is another concern with so much water on the roadways from a daylong rain.

“Because of low temperatures overnight, motorists need to remain cautious on the roads, as there will be patches of ice through the morning commute,” said NCDOT leaders. “If you do venture out, allow for extra time to reach your destination and keep a safe distance behind the vehicle in front of you.”

Drivers said they worry about the likelihood for accidents but add that the rain alone on Thursday didn’t seem to cause too many more problems than they’re used to seeing.

“We already knew the rain was coming so I think a lot of people were prepared,” said Latoya Jackson, a Greensboro driver.

Pearlie Jeffers saw lots of ponding on the roads around Guilford College and Mackay Roads with water levels clearly past the bottom of many tires.

“If you're not careful there’s always the chance of hydroplaning and going off the side of the road,” said Jeffers.

Jeffers said he’ll remain cautious on the roads and hope for a quiet night.

“As long as I don't get called into work later I'll be okay,” said Jeffers.

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