Black ice, freezing fog could create Middle Georgia driving hazards

lfabian@macon.comJanuary 31, 2014 

The threat of black ice on Middle Georgia roads could be complicated by freezing fog in some locations early Friday.

The National Weather Service issued a Special Weather Statement just after 5 a.m. Friday that warns of patchy fog forming south of a Columbus to Macon line.

A Freezing Fog Advisory is posted until 10 a.m. for southern sections of Middle Georgia, including the counties of Houston, Peach, Twiggs, Wilkinson, Johnson, Emanuel, Schley, Macon, Bleckley, Laurens, Treutlen, Sumter, Dooly, Crisp, Pulaski, Wilcox, Dodge, Telfair, Wheeler, Montgomery, Toombs, Jefferson and Washington.

Visibilities are less than a mile, and could be less than a quarter-mile in some locations.

With temperatures in the teens and 20s, residual moisture from this week's snow will refreeze on the roads, which will make driving dangerous.

The advisory cautions against driving unless it is an emergency. If you must travel, use extreme caution and drive slowly with plenty of room between vehicles.

Temperatures are expected to rise above freezing between 10 a.m. and noon Friday.

By Sunday, temperatures are expected to reach near 70 degrees.

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