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Virginia State Police warn of black ice overnight

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Posted at 5:38 PM, Jan 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-25 19:16:45-05

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia State Police is warning drivers of black ice, as temperatures continue to drop overnight and melted snow freezes over.

They are telling travelers to be especially aware of black ice because water from melted snow has pooled on roads because snow banks on the side are too high for the water to drain off.

“Beware of roads shaded for most of the day, as there is a greater potential for icy conditions on these stretches of road,” State Police said in a press release.

They are also warning drivers of the potential of minor flooding as the snow continues to melt.

State Police said traffic crashes were up nearly 50% this weekend during the winter storm.

Since Friday, January 22 through 7 a.m. Monday, VSP have responded to a total 8,412 calls for service. This includes 1,562 traffic crashes and another 2,502 for disabled vehicles across the state.

This was a 47% increase in traffic crashes and 69% increase in disabled vehicle calls for VSP personnel to respond to when compared to the previous weekend, which yielded a total 6,990 calls for service.