TxDOT Prepares for Winter Storm

Published 02/01 2014 02:32PM

Updated 02/01 2014 02:34PM

With another winter storm in the forecast, the Texas Department of Transportation's Abilene and Brownwood Districts are again preparing to treat roadways for the expected icy conditions. Crews will begin pre-treating major highways this evening.

The National Weather Service is forecasting a winter storm that could bring freezing rain, sleet and snow to the region overnight and continuing intermittently through Sunday. The areas expected to receive the most impact include the I-20 corridor and points north, but counties as far south as McCulloch could be affected. TxDOT has prepared equipment and deicing materials, and crews will be treating and monitoring roadways around the clock as necessary.

Drivers are urged to check road conditions before deciding to drive tonight or tomorrow and to delay travel plans if possible. Those who must get out should follow these guidelines:
•    Reduce speed. Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions, not winter road conditions.
•    Maintain at least three times the normal following distance on snow or ice.
•    Watch carefully for trucks and equipment treating roadways, and keep your distance.
•    Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses and shaded areas as they tend to freeze first.
•    If you start to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes. Steer into the direction of the skid until you feel you have regained traction then straighten your vehicle.

More winter weather safety information can be found at www.txdot.gov – key word: winter driving. For road conditions, call the TxDOT road conditions hotline at 1-800-452-9292 or check updates on Facebook and Twitter.

The Brownwood District includes: Stephens, Eastland, Comanche, Brown, Mills, Coleman, McCulloch, San Saba and Lampasas Counties.

The Abilene District includes: Kent, Stonewall, Haskell, Borden, Scurry, Fisher, Jones, Shackelford, Howard, Mitchell, Nolan, Taylor and Callahan Counties.

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