Black Ice

  • Season 3
  • 11/20/2013
  • Views: 240,014

Members of a local news team are at odds over warning viewers about the threat "black ice" poses to their safety this winter. (3:48)

[dramatic music]

- GOOD EVENING, ST. PAUL.

IT'S YOUR CITY NEWS AT 5:00.I'M JAMIE THRONEBURG.

- AND I'M MARCY WHITCHURCH.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIESARE IN EFFECT

ACROSS CENTRAL MINNESOTATONIGHT.

WITH MORE ON THAT,WEATHERMAN ISAAC LABUDA.

ISAAC.

- THANKS, MARCY.

A MAJOR SYSTEMIS ZIPPING ACROSS THE REGION.

OUTSIDE TEMP RIGHT NOW,8 DEGREES,

BUT IT FEELS LIKE 20 BELOW.

JAMIE.

- WELL, STAY OFF THE ROADSIF YOU CAN, FOLKS.

LOTS OF REPORTSOF BLACK ICE.

- OOH, YOU GOT TO WATCH OUTFOR THAT DANGEROUS BLACK ICE.

IT'S TRANSPARENT AND SNEAKY.HARD TO SEE BLACK ICE.

- THAT'S RIGHT, MARCY.

KEEP YOUR LOVED ONES SAFEAND WARN THEM

TO STAY OFF THE STREETTONIGHT

BECAUSE OF MENACING,LIFE-ROBBING BLACK, BLACK ICE.

- ISAAC.

- WE HAVE CHANNEL 17'SFIELD REPORTER,

DARREN HEPNER, WITH MORE.

DARREN?

- YEAH...

I'M STANDING OUT HEREAT HISTORIC RAMSEY HILL,

WHERE THERE ARE CURRENTLYNO CARS ON THE STREET

DUE TO, UH...

HAZARDOUSDRIVING CONDITIONS.

- DARREN, ARE YOUTALKING ABOUT BLACK ICE?

- THAT'S RIGHT.

- OOH, JEEZ,IT'S FRIGHTENING

JUST TO EVEN SAY"BLACK ICE."

- IT'S SCARY, TRICKY,RUTHLESS STUFF, THAT BLACK ICE.

A PERFECTLY SAFE NEIGHBORHOODCAN BE SUDDENLY TERRORIZED

BY THE APPEARANCEOF BLACK ICE.

- WELL, ONE MUSTKEEP IN MIND THAT,

JUST BECAUSE BLACK ICELOOKS DIFFERENT THAN WHITE ICE,

IT DOESN'T MAKE ITANY MORE DANGEROUS.

ALSO, ONE MUST REMEMBER

HOW HARD IT ISFOR BLACK ICE TO SURVIVE,

WHAT WITH THE AUTHORITIESTRYING TO DESTROY IT

WITH THE SNOW PLOWSAND SALT TRUCKS,

BUT BLACK ICE PERSEVERES.

- UH-HUH, THAT'S RIGHT.THAT'S RIGHT.

AND AS YOU CAN SEERIGHT NOW,

THE CITYIS BEING CONTROLLED

BY LOTSOF OPPRESSIVE WHITE SNOW,

MAKING IT HARDFOR ALL PEOPLE TO ADVANCE.

AND WE DON'T HEARMUCH "NEWS" ABOUT THAT,

NOW, DO WE?

- NO, WE DO NOT!

- WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH,BROTHER DARREN.

- BUT LET'S BE HONEST--BLACK ICE IS THE REAL MENACE.

LAST NIGHT I WAS INA PERFECTLY SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD,

WALKING AWAYFROM AN A.T.M. MACHINE,

WHEN BLACK ICEJUST SNUCK UP ON ME

AND PRACTICALLY ROBBED MEOF MY BALANCE.

- OUCH. THAT SOUNDS EXACTLY LIKESOMETHING BLACK ICE WOULD DO.

- WELL, I JUST HOPE THAT FOLKSWATCH OUT SO THE WHITE SNOW

DOESN'T BLIND THEMAND KEEP THEM FROM SEEING

WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON.

- ALL I'M SAYINGIS I CAN'T THINK

OF A SINGLE CHRISTMAS SONGABOUT BLACK ICE.

LOTS OF CHEERFUL, UPLIFTINGSONGS ABOUT SNOW, SO...

- [laughs]WELL...

FOR THE RECORD, BLACK ICENEVER ASKED TO BE OUT HERE.

- NO, IT DID NOT!

- IT'S A PRODUCTOF THE ENVIRONMENT.

- OOH, HALLELUJAH!

- IN FACT, BLACK ICEDIDN'T LAND ON THE ROAD.

THE ROADLANDED ON BLACK ICE!

- WHOO! AMEN!

- OKAY.

NEXT UP, WHY IS AMERICABEING RUINED BY BLACK PEOPLE?

[tense music]

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