WOODBRIDGE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Snow from Saturday’s storm turned into black ice in some areas, making for dangerous driving conditions throughout the Tri-State area Sunday morning.
Drivers told CBS2’s Ilana Gold they hit a lot of black ice Sunday morning, especially on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. They also said there were some slick spots on side streets.
In Suffolk County, CBS2 saw the aftermath of a number of crashes in Shirley and Huntington Station, where drivers lost control in slick conditions. There were also dozens of crashes across New Jersey.
“They had to be very careful by underpasses, and also (on) one of the off-ramps, there was black ice,” said Herb Chodosh, who hit several patches driving from Long Island to Florida. “Dangerous.”
But salt spreaders were hitting the roads nonstop. Some motorists said they were making a big difference.
“It wasn’t that icy,” said Brian Daddona, of Milford, Connecticut. “They had the roads salted pretty well. Other than the potholes, we’re in good shape.”
By 8:30 a.m., as temperatures rose, conditions seemed to be improving on the New Jersey Turnpike near Exit 12, Gold reported.
But conditions that might seem good can be deceiving with black ice.
So if you’re driving Sunday morning, remember:
• Use major streets and highways because those get top priority and are cleared and treated more frequently.
• Drive slower than the posted speed limit.
• Increase your stopping distance. Even if you have a four-wheel drive, that doesn’t mean you can stop faster than the next driver.
Some drivers have already put that advice to use.
“Took my time,” said Darryl Marshall, of Baltimore. “Kept the speed down. Stayed in one lane.”