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Published December 30, 2013, 05:07 PM

ND DOT warns of black ice on Fargo roadways

FARGO - Drive with caution. That's the advice from the North Dakota Department of Transportation as it issued a black ice advisory for motorists in the Fargo area.

By: Forum staff reports , INFORUM

FARGO - Drive with caution. That's the advice from the North Dakota Department of Transportation as it issued a black ice advisory for motorists in the Fargo area.

Much of the black ice is created by the moisture tracked onto roadways by vehicles and from vehicles’ exhaust systems, the DOT says in a release. Black ice forms when temperatures drop rapidly and any moisture on the road freezes into a smooth, nearly invisible, slippery surface. This thin layer of ice is very hard for motorists to detect, so drivers need to be especially vigilant in looking for changes in a road’s surface that may affect traction.

Motorists are urged to remain cautious, even when road conditions appear to be in good condition. The DOT says drivers should not use cruise control in these conditions.

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