Winter Storm Has Passed, But Icy Hazards Still Remain
Be careful if you need to get on the roads. The roads are still icy and will remain that way for a while. Especially as we have another hard freeze tonight with a low expected of 11. TxDOT is reminding us that even though the winter storm has passed, icy road hazards still remain and will probably be around a few more days. It is still advised to stay home if you can as crews continue to clear roads of snow and ice.
Warmer weather will start to thaw out the snow and ice but it's going to a while for all of it to melt and dry up on our roads. With the thaw, new hazards arise. Melting ice is wet becoming even more slick and, with temps dipping back into the teens each night, any ice or water remaining on the pavement can refreeze, becoming black ice that is hard to see. According to a press release:
Be aware that:
- All TxDOT resources are deployed with crews working around the clock focusing on clearing higher volume corridors, such as I-20, I-30, US 59 and then the roads with lower traffic volumes.
- Although roads are not technically closed, all roads have been impacted.
- Icy road hazards are expected to last several more days, so drivers are strongly encouraged to stay at home if at all possible.
- If citizens must get on the roadway, use extreme caution and always assume there is ice on the pavement, especially on bridges and overpasses.
- Crews continue to address the roadways, but they will continue to experience freezing as temperatures drop each night.
- Visit DriveTexas.org for updated road conditions.
- If stranded on the road, stay in your vehicle and call 911.
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