KTAB Takes to the Skies to Check Out Winter Storm

The severe winter storm that dumped inches of rain, snow, and even hail earlier this week, has left Abilene and most of the Big Country in a sheet of white.

"This is the first time I've seen it this bad in Abilene and I'm from here so I think the reason why it was so bad this time is that we had the rain to begin which after a couple of days ended up turning to sleet then you had snow on top of that," said helicopter pilot, Shad Phillips.

Phillips has been flying helicopters for over ten years and says the driving conditions over the past few days are like nothing he's ever seen.

"(It's) very icy, very dangerous, because of a lot of snow on top of a layer of ice everybody just needs to be really careful out driving," said Phillips.

We noticed car after car stranded on the side of the road, and many cars were backed up for hours along Interstate 20.

"Traffic out on the interstate is very slow and back up right now, especially the 18-wheelers were moving really slow, there was the one jack knifed rig on the access road so that just goes to show you that you have to be really careful out driving in this kind of weather," said Phillips.

Several businesses have been closed for days, schools and universities have all been shut down, but there were some signs left showing how students had made the best of their snow days.

"There's a lot of people out there trying to ice skate...having fun, you don't see this type of opportunity very often so I guess everybody's going to try to take advantage of it," added Phillips.

The Texas Department of Transportation is still urging people to stay off the roads until most the ice has been cleared.

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