Patches of black ice possible in the Lowcountry Wednesday morning

Patches of black ice possible in the Lowcountry Wednesday morning

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Temperatures in the Lowcountry will fall below freezing early Wednesday morning increasing chances of black ice.

Any lingering puddles on roads left over from rains that fell late Monday night and Tuesday morning could freeze and become black ice.

"Anything that's left over might freeze in particular on some of the higher elevated surfaces also certainly some of the bridges," said Live 5 News Meteorologist Bill Walsh."So you might want to look out for that as you head out in the morning."

Walsh says anything sticking around may cause some problems for commuters Wednesday morning.

"The tricky part about black ice is it's very difficult to see," said Forecaster Kaitlyn McGrath."Because once all that water freezes,it's very hard to distinguish what part of the roadway is frozen."

McGrath says if you do hit a patch of black ice while driving it can cause you to lose control, and even if you're walking, it's difficult to spot black ice.

At 8 p.m. Tuesday, there was still a good bit of water on the roadways and sidewalks from all of the rain.

If you plan to drive or walk, remain alert for black ice. Slow your driving speed and use care when walking on sidewalks.

By lunchtime on Wednesday, temperatures are expected to rise into the 50s before an arctic blast hits our area.

On Thursday and Friday, highs are expected to be in the mid 30s, with lows in the upper teens and lower 20s.

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