Driving conditions continue to be treacherous - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Fewer accidents,

By Ann Wyatt Little

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) While we may have seen most of the snow forecasted for the South Plains, the work to keep the roads safe continues. Mother Nature is making things difficult with blowing winds and extreme temperatures.

Driving conditions continue to be hazardous. There are still slick spots on the roads. Dianah Ascencio, with TxDot, says crews will be using liquid forms of magnesium chloride, because granular versions are blowing right off the snow and ice. Crews are working in 12 hour shifts and will be on the roads until conditions improve. Ascencio says for road conditions to significantly improve, the temperatures need to reach above freezing.

In the overnight hours, Lubbock police responded to 13 reported accidents, with minor injuries. Accident investigators say since area schools canceled classes that kept more people at home and off streets.

Police are prepared for another morning of dangerous driving. "Take your time. Just because you can't see the snow or ice doesn't mean it's not there," said LPD Sgt. John Hayes.

Sgt. Hayes explains that the biggest concern for drivers is stopping and starting at intersections. He advises drivers not to slam on your brakes at any point because chances are you will slide.

Give yourself plenty of time and slow down. If you are involved in an accident and can drive your car police ask that you move it out of the way so your accident doesn't become a hazard for other drivers.

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