I wanted to remind everyone that lives in the Reno/Tahoe region, please be careful and take more time getting places while there is black ice on the roads. This is a very good article on how to drive on black ice. A sentence that caught my eye is that it does not have to be below freezing temperatures for black ice to develop. Check out this article at the following web link here:
The Reno Gazette-Journal just pointed out that from 6pm last night to this morning, there were over forty accidents. This is a good wake up call to remind you to be careful on those roads, even if you are using your vehicle for something other than making your morning or evening commutes.
Another thing to keep in mind is that black ice can form anywhere, it doesn't just have to be on the valley floor. There could be black ice on a gravel road in the middle of nowhere, even your own driveway or street may have a small patch of black ice.
According to the NOAA weather forecast that I am seeing at the moment that I am typing this article, for Reno there is supposed to be a chance of snow showers from Wednesday night into Saturday night. When I type Truckee, CA in, they say a 10 percent chance of snow on Wednesday, 30 percent chance of snow on Wednesday evening, and then 60% chance of snow on Thursday and Thursday evening. For Fallon, NV, they are saying a 20 percent chance of snow on Thursday and a 30 percent chance of snow on Thursday evening. Feel free to type in your city and state on this website to find out the weather forecast for your area:
The only reason that I am bringing up the weather forecasts in this article is that the black ice will continue, and start to plan ahead for future morning and evening commutes that you take to and from work. I would suggest taking alternate side streets if you don't want to be held up in traffic accidents that occur on the highway. Most people are used to taking certain roads that lead to and from your workplace, child care where you have to drop your kids off, schools, any stores you need to go to on the way home, you name it. Start looking at alternate routes, even if you have to look at something like Google Earth or a folding map that you have.
Drive safe, and have a great rest of your week.