NEW BERN, CRAVEN COUNTY -

Drivers should expect black ice on roadways during their Thursday morning commute, according to Gordy Eure, maintenance engineer for the Department of Transportation in Craven and Pamlico counties.

"I'd expect [overnight low temperatures] to create some black ice," Eure said.

Black ice forms when snow or ice that melted during the day re-freezes overnight.

It can be especially dangerous for night- or early-morning driving, as drivers can't see the black ice beyond their headlights.

Eure said that roads are being plowed according to a priority system, with major highways first, then secondary roads, then residential areas.

He asked for patience from residents whose roads have not yet been plowed.