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Report: Major winter storm in the Deep South, 1/28

I returned home Wednesday from another long trip to cover the January 28 winter storm in the South. Like the Texas event, this was a very high-impact, high-threat event due to the region of the country it was taking place in. The most significant impacts were in the Atlanta and Birmingham areas. As with the Texas trip, I learned more valuable details about southern US icy roads.

Icy bridge in Prattville/Montgomery Alabama

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Report: High Risk road icing event in south Texas/Louisiana >>

I returned home Saturday from a grueling, intense trip to southern Texas to cover what is likely one of the worst types of road icing events possible. I learned many valuable details about southern US icy roads. This report will hopefully shed some light about what goes on during coverage of an event like this.

Icy bridge in Texas

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Winter tires: not the solution for preventing icy crashes >>

Part of my research on the road icing subject has involved getting a feel for widely-held perceptions and beliefs. One of the most common I see is the stout belief that winter tires are the 'silver bullet' solution to the road icing hazard. Read full post >

Preliminary low estimate of December 3-8 toll: 40 >>

At least 40 people have lost their lives on icy roads in the US since last Tuesday (December 3 to 8, 2013). This figure comes from a search of online news reports across the country, and therefore is likely a significant underestimate. Read full post >

The Top 7 Icy Road Myths >>

These are the most common myths about icy roads I see in various places, including forum discussions, media articles, video comments and more: Read full post >

Aren't icy road crashes caused by driving too fast for conditions, not ice and snow? >>

As we begin the 2012-2013 road icing season in the US, I wanted to challenge a common 'official' perception of what causes wrecks on ice and snow: people going too fast for conditions. Read full post >

Road icing news for January-February 2012 >>

A roundup of few items and events of note during the past two months: Read full post >

Commentary on the recent viral WV pileup video >>

The recent viral icy road video in circulation of a camera-equipped car involved in a multi-vehicle pileup in West Virginia provides an opportunity to bring up a couple of points of discussion about a few common myths and misconceptions. Read full post >

Recent Blog Posts
- Freezing rain disaster - November 22, 2014 - November 23, 2014
- Report: Major winter storm in the Deep South, 1/28 - January 30, 2014
- Report: High Risk road icing event in south Texas/Louisiana - January 26, 2014
- Winter tires: not the solution for preventing icy crashes - December 13, 2013
- Preliminary low estimate of December 3-8 toll - December 9, 2013
- The Top 7 Icy Road Myths - December 6, 2013
- Aren't icy road crashes caused by driving too fast for conditions, not ice and snow? - November 14, 2012
- Road icing news for January-February 2012 - February 25, 2012
- Commentary on the recent viral WV pileup video - January 8, 2012
- Significant road icing outbreak: Monday, January 2, 2012 - January 2, 2012
- No vehicle can safely go highway speeds on icy roads - December 23, 2011
- Another case for "Road Ice Warnings": December 8-9, 2011 light snow event - December 10, 2011
- A big thanks to those helping raise road icing awareness - November 18, 2011
- 15 road icing deaths in the past week: estimating the full impact - November 4, 2011
- 2011-2012 road ice season in the US already in full swing - October 22, 2011
- Coming this winter: another 2011 tornado season toll - July 21, 2011

Past Blog Archives
- April 2010 - January 2011 posts
- December 2009 - March 2010 posts
- November 2009 posts
- October 2009 posts
- March-April 2009 posts
- February 2009 posts
- January 2009 posts
- December 2008 posts

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458
Deaths in the US
from icy roads
2009-2010 winter
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477
Deaths in the US
from icy roads
2008-2009 winter
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