UPDATE: Freezing rain leads to rollover accident east of La Center

By Patty Hastings, Columbian breaking news reporter

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Updated: January 14, 2013, 9:23 PM

 

Early-morning commuters should be wary of icy roads Tuesday after freezing rain drizzled on Clark County on Monday night. Outlying rural areas, such as Battle Ground and Yacolt, will be most affected by the freezing rain, said meteorologist Shawn Weagle with the National Weather Service in Portland.

Treacherous conditions were evident Monday night when a rollover accident occurred about 9 p.m. in the 32200 block of Northeast 102nd Avenue, east of La Center. Emergency dispatchers said the road surface in the area was a sheet of ice.

Local early-morning temperatures should hover around freezing — 32 degrees — and slightly colder in rural areas. Drivers should take note that bridges and overpasses freeze faster than other roadways because they don’t have the ground beneath them to hold in some heat.

“The later commuters will probably have an easier go at it,” he said. The warmth from cars should help melt ice on more-traveled roadways.

Though Weagle expects the roads to be clear by 9 a.m., he advises drivers to leave a greater following distance than usual in potentially icy conditions.

The sun is expected to appear in the afternoon, pushing the high temperature to near 38, according to the weather service.