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Winter Weather Preparedness Week: The dangers of ice

Dangers of ice storms.
Dangers of ice storms.(First Alert Weather Team, Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: Nov. 19, 2021 at 3:15 PM CST
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PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - Most people would probably agree that ice storms are worse than snow storms, and there’s good reason for this.

Freezing rain allows for ice to build up on roads, power lines and tree branches which can lead to dangerous road conditions and power outages.

The best safety tip for driving is an ice storm is simply don’t do it. It doesn’t take much ice to make roads dangerous. Bridges freeze before roads do, so be mindful of that if snow or ice falls.

Ahead of an ice storm, you can:

- Trim any weak or damaged tree branches near your home.

- Have an emergency supply kit.

- Keep an extra supply of food, water, medicine, etc.

- Charge any cell phones and tablets ahead of the storm.

The National Weather Service will issue either a Winter Weather Advisory or Ice Storm Warning ahead of an freezing rain event. Here is the difference between the two.

Depending on the amount of ice expected, the National Weather Service will issue either a...
Depending on the amount of ice expected, the National Weather Service will issue either a Winter Weather Advisory or an Ice Storm Warning.(NOAA)

Black ice can also be dangerous, especially at night and in the morning. This can form when melted snow or ice refreeze as temperatures drop below freezing.

If black ice is possible when you plan to drive, leave lots of space between you and the car in front of you and do not brake too aggressively. Since black ice is almost impossible to see, you will need to stay alert at all times.

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