North Texas highways continue to have thick layers of ice creating unsafe driving conditions. TxDOT crews have been working diligently around the clock to make highways passable, but freezing temperatures continue making it extremely difficult to clear several inches of ice from roadways, bridges and interchanges. All travel is discouraged until conditions improve.
Road conditions throughout TxDOT's Abilene and Brownwood Districts remain slick after crews have worked all day to clear major roadways. Driving lanes on most major routes are clear but may still have patchy ice, and passing lanes are still very slick. Many lower traffic roadways remain icy.
I-20 and major highways throughout the Abilene District are passable.
I-20 in Eastland County is also passable, but two incidents with jackknifed 18-wheelers in Palo Pinto County have eastbound I-20 traffic backed up for about 20 miles to Ranger Hill. The delay is approximately from mile marker 362 to mile marker 382. Drivers are advised not to travel this direction, especially with nightfall near.
McCulloch County is reporting hazardous conditions on US 377 and US 190. Two 18-wheelers had northbound and southbound lanes on US 377 10 miles north of Brady blocked earlier in the day. Although the incident has been cleared, an icy slope in this area is difficult to navigate and travel is discouraged.
TxDOT crews are working very hard to keep roads passable with the sustained low temperatures. They can work more efficiently and safely when traffic is kept to a minimum. Drivers should consider that if they risk travel under current conditions, they could slide off the road, become involved in a crash, or get caught in traffic backups resulting from other incidents ahead. Anyone who decides to travel at this time should pack basic emergency supplies, such as water, food, blankets, coats, medicines, cell phone chargers, flashlights and other essential supplies.
For statewide road conditions call 800-452-9292. Winter weather driving tips are available at http://www.txdot.gov/driver/weather/winter-driving.html.