We have the traditional four seasons; summer, winter, fall and spring. We have what could be called a snow season, a thunderstorm season, a severe weather season and of course a growing season. But do we have a blow ice season? The term blow ice is used to describe the situation when snow blowing over a roadway melts and refreezes creating a section of ice. Because that icy stretch was created by blowing snow, the term blow ice is an appropriate descriptive term that has become a part of our vernacular.
The months of February and March are still climatologically cold months; yet, the sun becomes increasingly stronger as we approach spring. That higher sun angle warms area road surfaces above freezing no matter what the air temperature is this time of year. Any snow light enough to be blown across the road tends to melt and refreeze making for slippery conditions that can take a driver by surprise.