Staying safe on black ice - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Staying safe on black ice

The weather conditions are setting up to make for some very dangerous driving conditions over the next 24 hours.

One of the hazards is one that is very difficult to see, and it's known as 'black ice'.

"You've got a condition where a change in the temperature is no changing the moisture content in the roadway," said Illinois State Trooper Christopher Watson. "And the next thing you know it'll freeze over, it happens very quickly."

That's why Trooper Watson says if you think there could be 'black ice' on the roads, you need to change the way your driving immediately.

"You want to be very smooth on your acceleration, stopping and steering. When you turn your steering wheel do it smoothly, not abruptly. Because this can cause you to lose control of your vehicle."

The icy conditions can also happen in the daylight hours, they don't only happen at night.

Police want to remind you that you need to have at least a half tank of fuel in your car before heading out on the road in these conditions. Carry extra blankets and clothing, make sure you have your cell phone charger for your phone, carry a flashlight and extra batteries, some extra water, some snack foods and a first aid kit.

"If your vehicle becomes disabled stay with your vehicle," Trooper Watson said. "The National Weather Service predicts that frostbite can happen in less then ten minutes. So make no mistake about it, if you get caught out in these extreme weather conditions and are unprepared, it can become a life or death situation very quickly."
  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • Fisk woman killed in house fire

    Saturday, May 26 2018 11:56 AM EDT2018-05-26 15:56:52 GMT
    A Fisk woman was killed in a house fire. (Source: Raycom Media)A Fisk woman was killed in a house fire. (Source: Raycom Media)
    A Fisk woman was killed in a house fire. (Source: Raycom Media)A Fisk woman was killed in a house fire. (Source: Raycom Media)

    A woman died in a house fire on Friday, May 25 in Fisk.

    A woman died in a house fire on Friday, May 25 in Fisk.

  • First Alert: Showers and storms possible this weekend

    First Alert: Showers and storms possible this weekend

    Saturday, May 26 2018 9:45 AM EDT2018-05-26 13:45:16 GMT
    (Source: KFVS)(Source: KFVS)

    There is a chance for isolated showers/storms to develop especially in our southeastern half of the Heartland.

    There is a chance for isolated showers/storms to develop especially in our southeastern half of the Heartland.

  • Teacher, SIU alum shot three times in Indiana school shooting

    Teacher, SIU alum shot three times in Indiana school shooting

    Friday, May 25 2018 10:45 PM EDT2018-05-26 02:45:54 GMT
    A teacher who went to SIU in Carbondale was shot three times charging an active shooter at an Indiana school on Friday, May 25, according to SIU.  (SIU Athletics, Facebook)A teacher who went to SIU in Carbondale was shot three times charging an active shooter at an Indiana school on Friday, May 25, according to SIU.  (SIU Athletics, Facebook)

    A teacher who went to SIU in Carbondale was shot three times charging an active shooter at an Indiana school on Friday, May 25, according to SIU. 

    A teacher who went to SIU in Carbondale was shot three times charging an active shooter at an Indiana school on Friday, May 25, according to SIU. 

Powered by Frankly