- Make sure you have a snow shovel and salt/sand to keep walkways safe.
- Check for sufficient heating fuel and generator fuel.
- Keep adequate supplies of seasoned wood if you have a fireplace or wood stove.
- Keep warm clothing/blankets on hand, and stock non-perishable foods and drinking water.
- Turn your heat up now, and close off any rooms that are not currently in use.
- Check pipe insulation. If you lose power, allow the water to run at a trickle to prevent pipes from freezing.
- Charge battery-powered electronic and communication devices.
- Keep a battery-powered radio on hand.
- Take out your flashlights, batteries and first aid kit.
Black ice forms most often when it’s raining, and air is at or below 32 degrees Fahrenheit at the surface, according to AccuWeather senior meteorologist Andrew Mussoline. Low ground temperature causes the precipitation to freeze upon impact, thus creating ice.
The prime time for the development of this ice is between sunset and sunrise, when temperatures are typically the lowest. During the day, the best thing to do before getting in a vehicle is to check the pavement. “If the pavement is dry but you are seeing spots that look dark and glossy, that is probably going to be black ice," Lee said.
The most common locations for black ice are shaded or tree-covered parts of driveways and roadways due to the lack of sunlight. Bridges and overpasses are also prime locations because of their ability to freeze quickly.
“Due to a vehicle’s lack of traction on ice, the basic rule for driving on black ice is to stay calm and let the vehicle pass over it,” according to Lee.
Click above to watch The Weather Channel explain black ice.
When storms come just days apart, it’s not so easy. Along the coast, residents are working feverishly to prepare their homes for nor’easter Quinn with hopes that the flooding won’t be as severe.
If you suffer any kind of damage and need to contact your insurance provider, visit the claims page on our website, or contact us during business hours at 201-796-1881. We are always here and ready to assist you.