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Experts share safe driving tips after snow, ice closes Nevada highway

Posted at 8:07 AM, Feb 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-18 21:21:06-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV)  — The Interstate 15 was closed in both directions between St. Rose Parkway and Primm for a few hours after black ice, and low visibility caused multiple crashes Monday morning.

The Nevada Highway Patrol reported 15 crashes occurred on the highway with nine just between St. Rose Parkway and Sloan.

Authorities asked drivers to give themselves some distance between their car and the car in front of them - especially when dealing with black ice as this cannot be seen, and it is very slick.

13 Action News spoke with Driver's Edge defensive driving expert Jeff Payne Monday afternoon.

He said a few things to do when out on the roads during hectic weather was to be aware, as you never know what the other drivers are doing. Also, to expected the unexpected and to not freak out. And lastly, pretend you have a cup of water on your dashboard when driving through bad weather.

Troopers also warned that black ice can still be found on portions of highways in Southern Nevada during the overnight freezing temperatures and it is tough to drive on even for seasoned drivers.

Monday was a busy day on the valley roads because of the extended Presidents Day weekend.

The I-15 reported back open just before 10 a.m. with roads to Mount Charleston open but crowded, and the Red Rock Scenic Drive was closed for a few hours due to ice and cold weather.

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