Black Ice on 101 near Three Rocks Road…BLACK ICE tonight, Monday night and Tuesday night throughout western Oregon
A couple from Washington State lost control on some black ice on Highway 101 near Three Rocks this morning. Authorities say they lost control and soon found themselves upside down in a ditch. The occupants said they did not require any medical attention, although one of them suffered a slight laceration.
It bears repeating that Oregon roads and highways are very prone to black ice due to general moisture on the ground and on highways. Small stream and groundwater flows sometimes reach the pavement and quickly freezes posing ice rink conditions during nighttime and early morning hours.
The weather forecast calls for below freezing temperatures along the coast, and much colder inland tonight, Monday night and Tuesday night. Just because the speed limit sign says 55 mph doesn’t mean it’s safe to drive 55 mph all the time. Anti-lock braking systems, 4-wheel drive, even snow tires don’t guarantee 100% traction on black ice. If you’ve got a thermometer read-out on your dash board, pay very close attention to it, especially when driving to the valley and going over mountain passes. Black ice can form at temperatures starting at 40 degrees in the shadows and on bridges especially.
So allow extra time while commuting anywhere during the night and early morning hours.