Roadways packed with snow, ice; poor driving conditions

Staff Writer

Hazardous driving conditions across the Abilene District’s 13 counties will continue throughout the day as many roads are frozen and packed with several inches of snow and ice.
TxDOT urges drivers to reconsider travel plans until conditions improve. Road condition information can be found at www.drivetexas.org
Crews across the Abilene District worked throughout the night blading and treating roads and structures, but snow and sleet accumulation made it difficult to clear roadways. TxDOT will continue blading and de-icing efforts today until conditions improve and roadways are clear. Motorists should watch carefully for personnel and equipment plowing roadways and stay at least 200 feet back from road crews.
Road information is available at TxDOT’s toll-free highway conditions line at 800-452-9292 and www.drivetexas.org.
• Check area weather conditions on radio or television before starting a trip.
• Keep well back from snow plows. Don’t crowd the plow. Plow drivers can’t see directly behind their trucks. Sometimes they must stop or back up. Staying a safe distance behind a snow plow will protect you from possible injury, and protect your car from sanding material used on slick roadways.
• Never drive through a snow cloud or other whiteout conditions. You can’t be sure if it is caused by crosswinds or a snow plow.
• Use caution when driving over bridges and overpasses. These are the first to freeze.
• Reduce speed and drive with caution. A vehicle needs at least three times more space to stop on a slick roadway. Visibility can also be reduced during winter weather conditions.
• Be patient. Your trip time–including short commutes to work–could increase when adverse weather conditions exist.
For real-time roadway conditions, check DriveTexas.org or follow @TxDOTAbilene. As always, motorists are reminded to drive to conditions and to give snow plows and other large equipment plenty of room to work.

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