MADISON, Ala.(WHNT)-The snow and sleet may be over for north Alabama, but hazardous driving conditions are not.
Local authorities are warning motorists to be aware of black ice overnight and into Friday morning.
Road crews across north Alabama were gearing up for the black ice scenario Thursday afternoon, including in the city of Madison. Crews there were scheduled to be fully staffed tonight, with four separate trucks fanning out across town to treat both main and secondary roads. Many Madison streets were saturated by melting snow Thursday after the city received roughly one inch of the white stuff.
Madison Public Works spokesman Mike Gentle said the main problems are expected to begin sometime after midnight, when temperatures enter the freezing zone for most of the region.
“We’re preparing for black ice and some runoff and refreeze on our secondary roads,” said Gentle, who noted that steeper roads could be especially hazardous. “We’ll have crews out during the night, hitting all the trouble spots. We’ll be working with Madison police in conjunction, getting all the secondary roads opened hopefully.”
Black Ice gets its name from the fact that it easily blends with the roadway, making it invisible and dangerous for those driving too fast.
Local authorities were urging motorists not to make unnecessary trips overnight if possible. Police also warned that they would have zero tolerance for motorists who tailgate other vehicles due to the potentially hazardous conditions.