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Cornelius News

Watch out: Roads are icy

It says stop, but chances are you won’t be able to

Jan. 18. 9:30 AM. Roads like Jetton, Knox and Bethel Church are clear but very icy, with some drivers cruising slowly through stop signs because they know they can’t stop, and hot-doggers passing more cautious drivers on West Catawba which is icy and dicey.

The National Weather Service says it’s 18 degrees in Cornelius; it will get up to 39 today, and shoot back down to 22 tonight. Forget about garbage collection again today.

Be careful out there. Driving is treacherous.

  • Approach bridges and overpasses with extreme caution and do not apply your brakes while on the bridge or overpass.
  • Leave plenty of room between you and other vehicles.¬†If traveling, motorists are asked to provide extra distance around service vehicles where snow and ice abatement operations are occurring.
  • Reduce your speed. Driving at the regular speed limit will reduce your ability to control the car if you begin to slide.
  • If you do begin to slide, take your foot off the gas and turn the steering wheel IN THE DIRECTION OF THE SLIDE. Do not apply the brakes, as that will cause further loss of control of the car.
  • Be aware of playing children.
  • If power goes out, treat intersections with non-working signals as an All-Way STOP condition.

Karyn Porter, an agent at Keller Williams in Cornelius, sent this shot of Mark Twain at the library