SUNBURY — Don’t let the warmer temperatures fool you because, once the sun goes down, the roads become very slick thanks to a Thanksgiving eve snow storm that is melting rapidly.
AccuWeather is reporting the hurried temperature fall when night approaches is leaving drivers fooled and losing control of vehicles after hitting patches of black ice.
And the state Department of Transportation wants motorists to watch their surroundings.
“Refreezing is a major concern,” AccuWeather senior meteorologist Brett Anderson said.
“Travel during day time hours will be much safer. Those traveling at night or around dawn this weekend should be prepared for slick spots,” Anderson said.
Today’s weather is expected to hit a high of 37 degrees, with snow flurries while falling just below freezing tonight. That combination of melting snow and wet roads will cause black ice and dangerous travel, Anderson said.
Even though AccuWeather is predicting warmer temperatures to hit the Valley as early as next week, those daytime showers can still cause slick roads when the temperatures drop at night, Anderson said.
Monday is expected to reach near 60 degrees, but the night time low will be 25 which will bring quick ice patches.
“There were be melting and at night you see slick spots especially on bridges and overpasses and we really recommend drivers be vigilant of the surrounds,” PennDOT spokesman Dave Thompson said Friday.
“We do have people out treating the roads, but some of the spots are isolated and there may be some areas untreated so we want drivers to be aware that, even though these spots may just look wet, they can also be icy.”
The Wednesday snow storm was expected, Thompson said, so “that brought awareness to motorists” and lowered crash reports, he said.
“Vehicle crashes happen not only during icy conditions but when weather pops up and it effects driver behaviors,” Thompson said. “When roads are slick we want motorists to slow down and give cars around them room to move. Drive for the conditions because driving is a fulltime position during these times.”
Ice is are worse then snow, Thompson said.
“Both are dangerous but we see more crashes during ice conditions,” he said. “They both present challenges, but its driver behavior that will keep motorists safe.”