The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory, as morning precipitation is expected to lead to slick spots on roadways.

Take extra care as you head into to work or school this morning. The National Weather Service says cold temperatures mixed with snow could contribute to some slippery spots on roads and sidewalks.

This warning is in effect for all of Central new York, including the cities of Utica, Rome, Syracuse, and Boonville.

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 PM EST THIS
AFTERNOON...

* WHAT...Mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of
up less than one inch and ice accumulations of up to one tenth
of an inch expected. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph.

* WHEN...Until 3 PM EST this afternoon.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on slippery road conditions. The
hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or
freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery
roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

What Should You Do If You Drive Over Black Ice?

According to the USDA, if you do hit black ice, your first reaction must be to remain calm and avoid overreacting.

  • The general rule is to do as little as possible and allow the car to pass over the ice.
  • Do not hit the brakes, and try to keep the steering wheel straight.
  • If you feel the back end of your car sliding left or right, make a very gentle turn of the steering wheel in the same direction. If you try to struggle against it by steering in the opposite direction, you risk skidding or spinning out.
  • Lift your feet off the accelerator completely and keep your steering wheel fixed in the position it's in. Slowing down will give you more control and prevent needless damage.
  • Don't hit the brakes, doing so will likely make you skid.