Georgia Department of Transportation officials are advising motorists in Northwest Georgia to watch out for black ice forming on the highways as rain and snow/sleet mix freeze over the dark pavement overnight into tomorrow morning. Although over 40 of the Department’s trucks are still out clearing the highways and treating their icy spots, most roadways are wet and if the temperatures drop, they could create dangerous icy road conditions. Northwest Georgia skies are also expected to clear tonight, but clear skies could mean lower temperatures worsening already dicey road conditions.

These officials are concerned about Thursday morning’s driving conditions and the possibility of black ice, which forms when a thin layer of water on the pavement freezes. It can be nearly impossible for drivers to spot it in time to slow down. Drivers on Northwest Georgia roads are advised to use extreme caution if they have to go out late tonight or early tomorrow morning. You could run across a slick spot at any point. Tomorrow morning’s commute may prove to be a challenge.

Motorists are urged to slow down and leave, at least, a two car length distance between their vehicles and the vehicle in front of them. If you do hit an icy patch while driving, turn your steering wheel in the direction of the slide. They are also advised to be aware of black ice, especially on bridges and overpasses in the early morning hours.