Thunderbolt 12: Roads drying out, but watch out for refreezing and black ice
Roads across the Hudson Valley are finally getting better, but officials are warning about potential refreezing as temperatures drop into this evening.
Luckily, many people decided to stay home today and not brave the icy roads that caused numerous accidents this morning. A car that slammed through a guard rail on the northbound side of the Saw Mill River Parkway near Elmsford was one of dozens of crashes reported.
The treacherous conditions didn't stop Alfonso Magnotta from making his Bronx to Pleasantville commute to open his barbershop. "You have to be careful; it took me 45 minutes, usually takes me 20 because there was a lot of ice."
Icy rain began falling during the overnight hours covering Hudson Valley roadways with what looked like snow but it was much worse.
It was a combination of some of the worst weather winter has to offer.
Plows were out trying to scrape the roadways and salt at the same time.
It was extremely slow going for drivers and with good reason.
Luckily many schools are closed this week for winter break so there were less cars on the roads plus many just may have decided to play it smart and work from home rather than brave the icy conditions. "It's a very bad winter this year but it comes every year you can't do nothing about it," says Magnotta.