Winter weather slows drivers, could cause delays Wednesday - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/1/09

Winter weather slows drivers, could cause delays Wednesday morning

By Ann Wyatt Little  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – The first day of December brought a little bit of rain, sleet and even some snow to the South Plains. As temperatures continue to drop into the night the water on the roads could pose a danger for drivers early in the morning. 

What fell first as rain, quickly turned into large snowflakes around 8 a.m. Tuesday. It was a sight to see for many, but it turned some drivers around on the roadways and by late afternoon police had responded to 18 weather related accidents.

Texas Department of Transportation crews monitored road conditions throughout the day and say they will continue to do so into the night. "We do anticipate maybe some freezing on the road ways so we do want to have our crews prepared to take care of any slick spots they encounter," says Dianah Ascensio with TxDOT.  

The snow turned to rain and then just sat on Lubbock streets into the evening. "I think mainly roads will be wet but those can still be hazardous, so we advise everyone to slow down," says Meteorologist Jody James with the National Weather Service in Lubbock.

The first wintry weather front is forcing school districts across the South Plains to keep a close eye on road conditions. "The decision on delaying sc

hool really hinges on what travel conditions will be like in the morning. If we feel like students walking or driving are in danger then that is something we take into consideration and may delay school," says LISD spokeswoman Nancy Sharp.

Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination Wednesday.

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