Wintery weather could stall holiday travelers - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/13/09

Wintery weather could stall holiday travelers

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - For many this weekend marks the beginning of spring break travel. However, as winter like weather settles on the South Plains, for some it could cause travel trouble.

With temperatures expected around freezing, the city and TxDOT says they moved into action Friday afternoon. Meanwhile a TxDOT sign continues to warn drivers to check road conditions before leaving.

For some the rain was welcomed. "We just sit back and watch," said cotton farmer Don Langston.

For others it was a slowing factor, either way Friday's winter like storm seemed to leave a mark on many folk's days. "I was just careful not to go over the speed limit," Brandon Beckneil said.

Daniel Aguilar is on his way from Austin to Colorado to spend spring break on the slopes. He says once they hit the Lubbock area the weather slowed his trip down. "The difference is the visibility. The cloud cover seems to be lower here than it is in Austin," Aguilar said.

In an effort to prevent roads from icing up, the City of Lubbock and TxDOT started work before the sun went down. Lubbock street crews placed magnesium chloride on city bridges, while TxDOT crews treated bridges and overpasses on highways and the interstate.

Meanwhile at the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport Jack and Nancy Williams found themselves waiting longer than expected for their son. "He was to be here at 7pm and so far it's going to be 7:40pm," Williams said.

Airport Director James Loomis says throughout the day some flights were delayed due to weather in the Dallas area. Late Friday evening NewsChannel 11 found delays continued as monitors showed late arrivals and departures in red.

Still with temperatures expected to drop and moisture lingering around the Hub City some planned to stay put. "I think I am going to stay here for the night. It's cold, so drink some hot chocolate with marshmallows," Beckneil said.

Both TxDOT and the city say they will continue to monitor weather conditions throughout the night.

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