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Road conditions are improving, but black ice lingers

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Accident on the Pennyrile around 5:30 Monday morning. Accident on the Pennyrile around 5:30 Monday morning.

Road conditions are improving across the Tri-State, but even without the visible snow and ice, the pavement could still be very slick and hazardous. 

Officials say roads are clearing, but with temperatures dropping at night, re-freezing is causing black ice on many roads.

The state of emergency for Webster County was lifted Monday morning, but EMA officials want people to still drive slowly on roads within the county.  

Those officials say several roads have black ice or spotty patches of ice. Over the weekend, we're told there were 30 minor accidents or slide offs in Webster County and only one with minor injuries.  

EMA officials say people need to be cautious of black ice for the next several days.

"Yes, black ice is a big threat in the county. As the sun comes out and starts melting the snow and ice on the roadway, that takes away the whiteness of the ice that's on the road. It makes a thin layer of black ice which you can't see until your vehicles in it and lose control as soon you hit that black ice. We encourage extreme caution," said Jeremy Moore with Webster County EMA.

You might think black ice only occurs on the side roads, but an accident happened around 5:30 a.m. on the Pennyrile. After a driver hit a large patch of black ice traveling northbound at mile 43, the vehicle rolled over several times, and the driver was ejected. Remarkably, the driver was not injured.

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