Freezing drizzle causes accidents during morning commute

By: Kayla Bremer

Early morning freezing drizzle made for a slow and slick commute for drivers in Lancaster County.

Many woke up to thick sheets of ice coating their cars and windshields, forcing them to once again get out those ice scrapers.

“Never excited for winter weather, it's terrible.  I was buying an ice scraper because I was not expecting this morning,” says Matthew Mettler of Lincoln. 

The Sheriff's office says the worst conditions were found on and around highway 33 south of Lincoln.

In Lincoln, the police department says it had double the number of accidents a typical morning would bring, but none of them were severe.

With temperatures in the 20s plus 30 mph wind gusts, drivers we spoke to say the cold was most noticeable but side streets and sidewalks in town were also slick in spots.

“A little bit. Had to do a little scraping. There's a lot of slick spots, everywhere,” says Scott Siemer of Lincoln. 

Since it's just the beginning of the cold and winter months, AAA officials say it's time to get your cars winter ready.

Start by checking your battery and cleaning your headlights. Make sure to check your windshield wipers and replace any that are old and cracked and fill up your windshield washer fluid. Marilyn Muir of AAA says the most important thing to have in your car is a winter emergency kit.

“Make sure that you pack a blanket, flashlight, water, snacks, that type of thing just to make sure if you are stranded for more than a few minutes, you have something to survive.”

AAA also says that if you ever do become stranded on the side of the road, stay in your car and wait for emergency officials.

And in snowy and icy road conditions, slow down and leave more room between you and the car in front of you.