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Church services delayed for black ice fears

Posted December 19, 2010

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— The remnants of a winter storm could freeze as temperatures dip toward dawn Sunday, creating black ice on bridges and overpasses.

Some churches have delayed Sunday morning services due to the fear of black ice.

So far, no major trouble spots have been on Triangle roads. There's slightly more chance of black ice in areas west and north of Raleigh, WRAL traffic reporter Brian Shrader said.

Shortly before dawn, temperatures fell below freezing west from Chapel Hill and north from Louisburg, although they lingered a degree or two above freezing in Raleigh.

"We'll have to watch around daybreak for the possibility of any leftover slush or water on some of the bridges and overpasses possibly freezing," said WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss.

State Department of Transportation crews are on standby to put down salt and sand on trouble spots if conditions worsen.

In Wake County, the DOT took a "wait and see" approach Saturday before spreading brine, a mixture of salt and water that prevents ice and snow from sticking to the road.

Crews spread the solution in Harnett, Robeson and Cumberland counties, where more snowfall was expected.

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