LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — UPDATE as of 6:18 P.M. | The Nevada Highway Patrol reports it has officially handled 66 crashes on the valley freeways from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The total includes 12 injury crashes, and 2 hit and run incidents.
No serious injuries were reported.
NHP is warning drivers across Southern Nevada to be especially careful on the road due to hazardous weather conditions.
Black ice is of particular concern because it is next to impossible to see until your car is on top of it.
“Typically, we see black ice forming on bridge overpasses", said NHP Trooper Jason Buratczuk. Trooper Buratczuk quickly located one area of concern while taking News 3 on a ride along Thursday afternoon to check out road conditions.
Puddles of slush and water were present on the inside lanes of the 215 bridge going over Summerlin Centre Drive, not far from the Red Rock Resort. As temperatures drop, the puddles become a large patch of ice, capable of causing vehicles too quickly spin out of control.
NHP Responded to almost 3 times the typical number of accidents Thursday morning, as commuters begin a treacherous drive to work. “On a typical day in the morning rush-hour,“ said Trooper Buratczuk. “We have 10 to 15 crashes. This morning, we had 28 between 5 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and a lot of those were just people who slid off the roadway.“
NHP plans to keep a very close eye on road conditions through Thursday night into Friday morning and issue closures if necessary. You can monitor accidents and road conditions on Twitter @NHPSouthernComm.