The Risks Of Freezing Rain And Ice

The National Weather Service says ice falling in the form of freezing rain is particularly dangerous.

Drivers will need to be very cautious Monday afternoon and evening as snow changes over to sleet and freezing rain. The National Weather Service says more than 85 percent of ice storm deaths are traffic
related. Even small amounts of freezing rain can cover streets with ice. Bridges and overpasses are the first to freeze over, thanks to cold air that is allowed to flow underneath them.

The Highway Patrol urges caution in conditions like this, reminding drivers that your brakes don't work on ice.

A quarter-inch of freezing rain can create widespread power outages as the precipitation hits the power lines and freezes on contact. The most recent weather event where freezing rain led to widespread power outages in our area was in December 2002. Nearly an inch of freezing rain brought down trees and power lines. More than one and half million people in North Carolina lost power during the 2002 ice storm.


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  • by lynda Location: washington on Jan 10, 2011 at 07:49 PM
    does anyone know how the streets are in grenville need to go down by pmc hospital in the morning
  • by blah blah blah on Jan 10, 2011 at 03:59 PM
    yeah, so they say, we will see how accurate they are
  • by Nana Location: On Memorial Drive on Jan 10, 2011 at 11:44 AM
    No precipitation here...yet. I get a little squirrelly when they forecast sleet/ice because I remember a really bad ice storm here in Greenville around 1967 or so...I was about 8-9 years old. We had a bunch of pine trees in our yard and of course, the limbs got full of ice, fell on the house, we lost power for 3-4 days, etc. I don't remember seeing it that bad around here since. Here's hoping we'll dodge the bullet again.
  • by robin Location: Greenville,Chicod area on Jan 10, 2011 at 10:00 AM
    No snow, No rain, No ice, No Nothing just cold and cloudy. Kinda hope it stays that way(for me) kinda don't(for the kids).
  • by Wilma Location: Greenville on Jan 10, 2011 at 09:48 AM
    This is so funny. Does WITN actually think that readers will learn, process this information, and adjust their habits after reading articles like this? We sure don't get the point when it comes to senseless deaths like texting and driving, shootings, late night excursions, etc. So I say this: Let it ride people! Drive crazy! Have fun out there! It's only a little freezing rain...........
  • by ~ALPHA female~ on Jan 10, 2011 at 08:29 AM
    PANIC..... go buy all the bread and milk you can!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 10, 2011 at 07:34 AM
    Three separate news articles on the weather and counting. Geesh....nothing more important than a little precipitation.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 10, 2011 at 05:45 AM
    does any one know where its snowing now
  • by Anonymous on Jan 10, 2011 at 05:44 AM
    what about aroura is it raining, snowing or iceing
  • by Freezing Rain Dangers on Jan 10, 2011 at 05:35 AM
    Not that it's gonna happen in this storm, but back in the early 70s....We had a freezing rain event that #1. coated the trees with a thick layer of ice which brought down larger branches (literally ripping them off the tree) causing roadway obstructions and power outages (downed lines) #2. coated all things in a thick layer of ice, making roads slick as glass and any walkways treacherous. #3. and it never snowed once...just an all freezing rain event. The damage to the trees was nearly like a hurricane. The trees were all sagging from the weight of the ice. I've never seen it that bad since then. I think the year was 1971? I was only about 8 years old, so don't quote me on the year. (BTW, Jones County has an inch of snow on the ground @ 8:30 A.M.)
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