BLACK ICE: Threat Remains

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The Iowa Department of Transportation finally made some progress clearing the roads Saturday.

When the snow first fell, crews weren’t able to clear much of the snow and ice pack on the roads because temperatures weren’t warm enough to put down salt.

Saturday night, most roads around the metro are back to normal winter driving conditions. 

However, travel is still slow in northeast Iowa where roads are still partially or mostly covered. 

The melted snow and ice could cause another issue for travelers this weekend.

As temperatures drop tonight the roads and sidewalks will get icy. 

Warm temperatures and sunny skies made life easier on road crews, it turned ice into slush which was more manageable for those in charge of clearing our roads.

There are still plenty of wet spots out there and that could bring black ice over-night into Sunday morning.

“It’s going to cool off and whatever we haven’t got off the roads tonight is going to be stubborn. We’ll have a few slick spots here and there,” warned the DOT, “people need to be vigilant, take their time, and be prepared for winter driving conditions in Iowa.”

There were several accidents Saturday with slow traffic along I-35 and I-80.

State patrol is urging drivers to take it slow Sunday and leave plenty of space between the car in front of them.

It will take at least another day of melting and clean-up before crews can reduce the threat of black ice.

Accidents on the highways weren’t the only thing keeping hospitals throughout the metro busy today.

Doctors treated several patients today with broken bones from slips and falls.

They’re urging people to not only take it slow on the roads but also on their own driveways, sidewalks and front steps.

If you do slip and fall, Doctor James Poole offers this advice when accessing your injury.

“If it interferes with common activities like being able to walk to the bathroom and kitchen, you need to get it checked out. If you can still function, having someone look at it is probably wise. If you think you have a broken bone, come into the emergency room.”

If you’re planning to travel, make sure you have an emergency kit.

It can take officials a long time to get out to you.

Extra clothes, blankets, flashlights and food can make the wait a lot easier, especially if you’re in rural areas. It will take crews longer to clear the roads the further you are from the metro.