TxDOT has been working throughout the night to clear and treat roadways through the 13-county Abilene District, which includes Borden, Callahan, Fisher, Haskell, Howard, Jones, Kent, Mitchell, Nolan, Scurry, Shackelford, Stonewall and Taylor counties.
Crews are working to apply de-icing materials to roadways today in an effort to remove snow and ice from roadways. With temperatures expected to slowly rise above freezing this afternoon, roadways should be cleared today. However, a re-freeze tonight will cause any moisture on pavement to freeze and develop patches of ice. Caution is still advised while temperatures remain at or below freezing.
As usual, slow moving vehicles and heavy equipment are being used to respond to this winter storm, so drivers should watch for crews and give them plenty of room as they work to clear the roads.
Drivers are urged to follow these precautions:
· Reduce speed. Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions, not winter road conditions. Do not use cruise control.
· Maintain at least three times the normal following distance on snow or ice.
· Watch carefully for personnel and equipment treating roadways, and stay at least 200 feet back from road crews.
· Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses and shaded areas as they tend to freeze first.
· Carry extra warm coats, gloves and boots in case you get stranded.
· 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, and then straighten your vehicle.
Motorists can obtain travel information by visiting drivetexas.org or calling (800) 452-9292. Road conditions and traffic updates are available on Facebook, www.facebook.com/txdot and Twitter, www.twitter.com/txdotabilene.