Dropping temps could cause refreezing on roads

Drivers are being warned to look out for black ice as overnight low temperatures will cause refreezing on untreated roadways.

Meteorologists say Suffolk can expect about 4 to 8 inches of snow. Nassau is expected to get about 2 to 4 inches of snow.

Meteorologists say Suffolk can expect about 4 to 8 inches of snow. Nassau is expected to get about 2 to 4 inches of snow. (2/8/16)

CARLE PLACE - Drivers are being warned to look out for black ice as overnight low temperatures will cause refreezing on untreated roadways.

It's likely to be a problem over the next few days, with some more light snow showers in the forecast and overnight low temperatures in the 20s and teens this week.

AAA spokesman Robert Sinclair says 46 percent of crashes involving bad weather take place in the winter, making it the worst time of the year for driving. Of those winter crashes, the highest amount happen overnight, when visibility is limited and roads are more likely to freeze.

Some common-sense tips for driving include:
-Avoid travel when possible
-Drive slowly
-Know your brakes
-Increase your following distance
-Accelerate and decelerate slowly

Drivers should always keep their cars stocked with the winter essentials, including a bag of sand or salt, a snow shovel, an ice scraper, a flashlight, food and water and a first aid kit. It's also a good idea to keep a phone charger handy, along with an extra pair of mittens or gloves.

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