TxDOT's Abilene and Brownwood Districts worked all day to clear snow and ice from area roadways. Precipitation has moved out of the area, but icy patches remain on most roadways, and wet areas will refreeze overnight. Counties north of I-20 that experienced heavy snowfall have plowed roadways but may have areas of packed and frozen snow.
Roadways in the Brownwood District are drying and have improved throughout the day but may have slick spots.
Crews will continue to monitor road conditions throughout the night and into tomorrow morning.
With overnight temperatures becoming bitterly cold, drivers should understand that area roadways may be icy/slick during their Monday morning commute. A small amount of moisture can cause slick spots and black ice on roadways that may appear to be clear.
Similar road conditions are also affecting other regions of the state. Drivers are strongly encouraged to check road conditions before deciding to drive tomorrow morning and 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.