Caution: Be On The Lookout For Black Ice Overnight

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The ice storm that struck the Tri-State area Wednesday morning not only caused problems for commuters, but it also had the potential to flare back up into a problem overnight into Thursday.

SEE: Ice Storm Photos

Forecasters warned travel conditions would continue to be extremely dangerous through the night, with untreated roadways becoming a sheet of ice.

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reports from the Upper West Side on the danger of walking on sidewalks AND streets!

AccuWeather said temperatures would drop Wednesday night and wet and slushy areas could refreeze, leading to continued dangerous conditions.

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New York City Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty said the department had a pretty good handle on the roads, but refreezing was a major concern.

“We’ll be salting the secondary roads and the tertiaries through most of the day, and I think people have to realize – even with the temperature going up – those streets are going to be slippery,” Doherty said.

Nearly everywhere New Yorkers looked on Wednesday, the roads were in good shape, with very little ice to deal with.

As the temperatures dropped, though, the pockets of puddles meant the prospect of black ice would rear its head again.

“You can’t see it, you don’t know it’s there,” Teaneck resident Tanya Smith told CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey. “I mean, you consciously may be paying attention, but you can still slip.”

The potential driving dangers, like slush that can become slick, were on the minds of many Tri-State residents Wednesday night.

“You can spin out in a heartbeat,” Matt Faivre, of Tenafly, said. “You never know with black ice, so I’m concerned about accidents happening.

“I get concerned if I start to brake, people in front of me, I won’t have enough time to brake in time, so I might hit them,” Englewood resident Kascey Frank said.

To avoid that, delivery driver Ronald Altenor said the only thing you can do is take your time.

“You’ve just got to drive slowly – you cannot rush to do anything,” Altenor said. “Just be careful when you drive, that’s what you’ve got to do.”

It wasn’t just the roads that were expected to give New Yorkers trouble for their travels.

While many sidewalks in New York City were salted and cleared, patches of ice remained, leaving pedestrians to brave dangerously slick sidewalks.

“It’s challenging to be a New Yorker, more than ever,” Linda Gelman, of the Upper West Side, told CBS 2’s Dave Carlin.

Also creating problems for pedestrians were invisible puddles, the slushy messes left behind as the mountains of snow continued to melt.

“I invested in waterproof boots, and that’s my advice to every New Yorker, and have traction on the bottom of them too,” Gelman said.

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Alice Stockton-Rossini with motorists on Varick Street trying to free their cars from the ice

Earlier in the day motorists faced a slushy and dangerous mess on the roads – that is, only after they managed to free their cars from the ice. Vehicles all across the city were covered in a half-inch thick layer of ice.

“I’m just trying to chip and scrape so I can go home,” one man told 1010 WINS’ Alice Stockton-Rossini.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs with a LIPA spokesperson

More than 500 Long Island schools or organizations were closed or issued delayed openings. The LIRR transitioned back to a weekday schedule after running on a weekend schedule during the early morning hours. The railroad fitted its trains with a “record amount” of ice scraper shoes that remove ice from the third rail.

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  • jim

    I fell 4 years ago and broke my arm. It was horrible. My kids bought me a pair of these wonderful ice cleats called Spiky’s. I have been out shoveling all year now and haven’t slipped. These are a really great product I recommend them to anyone that has to be outside walking on ice.

  • sk

    I don’t understand why there was school yesterday! The ice was more dangerous than any snowstorm. I was so scared of walking yesterday. There was literally no where to walk . The sidewalks were filled with ice. I was scared to walk in the street b/c a car could have slid and run one over. I felt to lucky I made it to my bus with no injury. We also knew this was coming! The ice didn’t come unexpectedly!

  • Paul Polar

    I love the snow! i hope we get hit with an all out blizzard! Ice is better than rain but snow is waaaaayyyyy better!

  • Unknown

    It was aweful today. I almost fell on the back like 5 times but luckily I was next to fences so i held on them. I had to go walk in the middle of the street but still get soaked by the passing cars. This is far worse than a snow storm.

  • Peggy Sue

    Why is no one talking about how dangerous it was for school children walking to school in this weather? As I was walking this morning, I saw children falling, crying and walking in the street with traffic to get to school. What is wrong with the mayor and why couldn’t he have called for a 2 hour delay until it was safer to walk? Moron. And I agree with the camera set up of the slippery street, CBS 2 should be embarrassed to have done that.

    • Lea Monica

      I agree…I am a nyc teacher and I did not go in today because, after my t driving to the train station and commuting I would have had to walk up Fordham road. I can’t afford to fall and hurt myself. The Mayor does NOT think about students and teachers. He just doesn’t care. And what is so outrageuous is that hardly ANYONE says anything about it publicly…he should be called to a press conference for this.

  • Jul

    CBS TV set up a camera showing people falling on a stretch of icy sidewalk in NY. How rotten that they didn’t warn them! They couldn’t tell someone to put salt down? On the commercial for the 5 o’clock new you see a poor elderly man slip and hit his head all the while the CBS Crew is watching…that’s sick. Good job crew you should be proud of yourselves.

    • Skye Van Saun

      I came here because I just saw it twice -leading into the Six O’clock News and then as a story. I was shocked! Unbelievably callous! Shame on CBS!

    • John

      WCBS – News at its finest. For sweeps, you should shoot someone so that you can have exclusive coverage of the story

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      • Linda

        I came here because both me and my nine year old daughter couldn’t believe this either….completely irresponsible and cruel!

  • Ophelia Ballbag

    Just another winter day in NY that one should just stay home and whack woody with a brick. It feels good, does not cost anything, and, for now, is tax free. So just rub one out for the mayor.

  • 78 in West Palm, FL

    “I want to be a part of it, New York New York”
    Frank Sinatra

  • Paris400

    The sidewalks were like an ice rink today in the Bronx. I was expecting to see a Zamboni rolling down Fordham Road today.

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