Icy roads, crashes slow morning commute
Melting snow and frigid overnight temperatures have led to hazardous black ice conditions -- and, police said, myriad morning accidents Friday.
State Police said early Friday that there is "a lot of ice" on the Northern State Parkway, as well as on the Meadowbrook State Parkway, making driving treacherous.
And the New York State Department of Transportation reported a multivehicle accident shut down the eastbound Northern State in the area of Exit 40, Route 110, in Melville, just after 6 a.m.; the parkway reopened about 8:15 a.m. An overturned car briefly closed two lanes of the Northern near Exit 31, the exit for the Meadowbrook, in Carle Place. Police said there were no serious injuries in either crash.
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Another accident, cleared by 9 a.m., also briefly closed the westbound Long Island Expressway between exits 59 and 60, the state DOT website said.
The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement Friday morning, warning drivers of "potentially icy conditions" on local roads.
"With temperatures dropping to near or below freezing this morning across nearly the entire tri-state area standing water could freeze, especially on untreated roadways and on bridges and underpasses," the statement said, adding that drivers should take precautions -- like not tailgating or driving too fast for conditions.