Black ice makes driving dangerous this morning

Black ice makes driving dangerous this morning

Credit: Loretta Holmes, 13News Now

Black ice makes driving dangerous this morning

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on December 26, 2013 at 7:58 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 26 at 11:41 AM

NORFOLK-Black ice made for dangerous driving on Thursday morning.

Dozens of accidents were reported across Hampton Roads.

13News Now Meteorologist Evan Stewart explained, "We had a heavy frost - and with little traffic on the roads overnight due to the holiday - it allowed bridges and overpasses to get a very light glaze."

Around 9:00 a.m., several accidents along Route 58 in Suffolk and Southampton Co. line caused lanes to be closed so wreckers could get to the scene.

"These accidents appear to be drivers slipping on roadway and colliding with the guardrail," Suffolk City spokesman Tim Kelley told WVEC.com.

"My husband is sitting in the east bound side," Kathie McGuire said on theWVEC13 Facebook page.

Stephanie Tucker Lindler wrote, "Sitting in it now."

The West Norfolk Bridge in Portsmouth was closed in both directions for before the morning rush because of an accident. Police say the bridge was iced over. Sand and salt was laid down to give drivers better traction and then police reopened the road.

Traffic on I-64 East in Norfolk was closed for more than 30 minutes because of an accident. 

Police were reporting icy conditions on ramps, bridges and overpasses and were expecting conditions to improve as the sun came up.

Stewart doesn't expect any problems on the drive home.

"Temperatures will reach the upper 40s, so we don't expect a repeat for the evening rush hour. Clear skies are forecast tonight, and temperatures will drop back to the freezing mark. We're not expecting a repeat tomorrow morning," Stewart stated.

Click here for WVEC.com live traffic cameras across Hampton Roads.
Click here for the WVEC Weather Center forecast.

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