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Old 01-10-2012, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Western Pa
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Black Ice = the ice that forms over the roads (black top) and is very difficult to see while driving.

Is black ice a Western PA (PA) term? My whole life I have heard and used this term, however this winter I have beent traveling for work and NO One knows what the heck I'm talking bout.
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Old 01-10-2012, 09:54 AM
 
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Black Ice = the ice that forms over the roads (black top) and is very difficult to see while driving.

Is black ice a Western PA (PA) term? My whole life I have heard and used this term, however this winter I have beent traveling for work and NO One knows what the heck I'm talking bout.
AFAIK, it's a universal term. They used to say it on the news in DC, along with "wintry mix." However, "snow showers" seems new to me. It seemed as if they just started saying it last year, but people tell me it's nothing new.
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Old 01-10-2012, 10:21 AM
 
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I believe we used the term in Michigan when I was growing up.
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Old 01-10-2012, 10:23 AM
 
Location: ɥbɹnqsʇʇıd
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It was also the name of AC/DC's last album.
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Old 01-10-2012, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh area
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Seems a common enough term around here and elsewhere in the northeast at least.

In my experience, the actual risk of having a problem with it seems very low, though. Not sure whether that's just my luck on the roads I typically drive or that I pay attention better or what. Experiencing ice that I didn't actually see beforehand is just not something that happens. One of the family members in Boston seems especially paranoid about it; I believe she may have had an accident several years ago that was caused by black ice.
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Yeah, I first heard the term from relatives "back east" before I ever heard it used around here. So I don't think it's a 'Burgh thing. Were you talking to folks who live in areas that aren't prone to ice, maybe?
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:41 AM
 
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I've encountered it more walking than driving (although I did have a "fun" experience in a parking lot once).
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:51 AM
 
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It was also the name of AC/DC's last album.
Black Ice is the 2nd novel in Michael Connelly's series about Harry Bosch.

The term has been around though, it even has a wiki page: Black ice - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 01-10-2012, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Wilkinsburg
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"Black ice" is an excuse given to the insurance company when one wrecks his car while (a) speeding, (b) drunked up, (c) not paying attention, or (d) all of the above.

Kidding!

I've actually had many more black ice experiences on foot than while behind the wheel, especially on the sidewalks of South Oakland. I do think it's often used as an excuse though, for the obvious reasons.
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Old 01-10-2012, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Western Pa
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Thanks for commenting, everyone!! Most of the people were from New Jersey they did not hear the term and obviously some of the Southern folk (understandable) I never thought about it being a Pittsburgh term, until one of the New Jersey guys asked me.

Knocking on wood*** Never had car issues with the "black ice" , I have had some tumbles on foot
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