DPS, TxDOT issue traveler’s weather advisory

February 1, 2011

Sweetwater Independent School District, as well as many other area school districts, did not have classes on Tuesday due to snow and ice on the roads. Downtown Sweetwater was white on Tuesday morning. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) encouraged travelers to delay or cancel travel in the Big Country area for Tuesday and possibly Wednesday. (Photo by Brett Smith)

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) are encouraging travelers to delay or cancel travel in the Big Country Area for Tuesday and possibly Wednesday. Freezing temperatures are anticipated overnight in the Big Country area. Temperatures may not reach above freezing until as late as Friday.
Motorists are reminded of the dangers associated with driving in icy weather. Overpasses and bridges are always the first to freeze. Black ice conditions can be associated with this weather as well. Black ice looks the same as a wet roadway; however it is a sheet of ice that forms over the roadway causing problems for unsuspecting travelers. TxDOT trucks and personnel stand ready to apply magnesium chloride to roadways, once the temperatures reach freezing. The Texas Highway Patrol Troopers are ready to respond. "All area roadways may be hazardous to travel, but we want to remind motorists of past weather related problems with the IH-20 Ranger Hill area in Eastland County. Please be prepared for possible delays," said Texas Department of Public Safety Senior Trooper Sparky Dean.
Check area weather conditions on radio or television, and social media before starting a trip. Motorists can call TxDOT’s toll-free highway conditions line at 800-452-9292 or log on to www.txdot.gov, and click on Road Conditions. The TxDPS Driver License Offices will not open until 10 a.m., if at all.

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