ORINDA -- Black ice that slickened roads early Monday morning near Orinda flipped one car over and sent another rolling down an embankment and into a tree, according to the California Highway Patrol.

No one was seriously injured in the two separate accidents on San Pablo Dam Road near the San Pablo Reservoir.

"I will not drive this way until the weather gets better," said El Sobrante resident Tracy Cummings, whose car slipped about 100 feet down a forested embankment and hit a tree.

Cummings commutes on the curvy road daily but said the black ice was hard to see Monday and worse than it has been before.

The Monday morning crashes were the latest on the road that connects El Sobrante with Orinda and is used by some commuters crossing between west and central Contra Costa County.

A Richmond woman and her dog were killed in a head-on collision with another driver on San Pablo Dam Road around 3 p.m. on Dec. 26.

Drivers in some inland and high-elevation parts of the Bay Area can expect more frosted windows and icy roads on New Year's morning.

A cold airmass will hang over the Bay Area through Wednesday, resulting in temperatures in the 30s and as low as 29 degrees Fahrenheit in Livermore on New Year's morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Staff photographer Laura Oda contributed to this report.



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