Road conditions monitored into the night and morning - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/1/09

Road conditions monitored into the night and morning

By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Although the winter weather warning has been downgraded to an advisory you can expect rain mixed in with some sleet and possible snow Tuesday night, creating dangerous road conditions Wednesday morning.

Tuesday morning's snowfall blanketed Texas Tech and other areas of Lubbock, causing at least 18 weather related accidents on the road.

"I think mainly for traveling purposes the roads will be mainly wet but those can still be hazardous so we advise everyone to slow down," said meteorologist Jody James with the Lubbock Weather Service.

James says Tuesday night the chances of rain have decreased, but with temperatures still dropping, what little rain we get could still make roadways slick. That's why the Texas Department of Transportation says they'll continue to monitor the roads, especially bridges and freeways.

"We do anticipate maybe some freezing on the roadways so we do want to have our crews prepared to take care of any kind of slick spots that they do encounter," said TxDOT Assistant Public Information Officer Dianah Ascencio.

TxDOT will have a five man crew monitoring the roads and they're also encouraging drivers to slow down to avoid weather related accidents Tuesday and earlier Wednesday morning. "We do caution motorists, ask them to slow down take extra time to get to their destination this afternoon (Tuesday) as they leave work and in the morning (Wednesday), particularly in the morning as those overnight temperatures drop," said Ascencio.

We'll continue to monitor road conditions throughout the evening and will have the latest on NewsChannel 11 at 10.

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