Winter Storm Has Passed But Roads Remain Slick
TxDOT reminds drivers that although the winter storm has passed, icy road hazards still remain and will probably be around a few more days. Citizens are still advised to stay home if at all possible as crews continue to clear roads of snow and ice.
According to a press release, as warmer weather starts the thawing process, it will take a while for all the snow and ice on the roadways to melt and dry up. With the thaw, new hazards arise. Melting ice is wet becoming even slicker 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.
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.