Icy roads expected in the morning, drivers urged to use caution - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Icy roads expected in the morning, drivers urged to use caution

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Icy roads are expected again Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Officials are urging drivers to exercise caution.

Traffic on busy roads helped melt some of that snow and ice, but what's left will re-freeze. "The biggest concern right now is everything that's thawed out is going to re-freeze with these frigid temperatures, and the wind blowing; that will be somewhat of a challenge for all of us," said Kevin Lair with the Lubbock streets department.

The Texas Department of Transportation urged people to be careful under bridges or other areas that didn't get sunlight Tuesday. "We still have some areas underneath bridges and overpasses because they're not getting any direct sunlight but those areas that are packed with snow will probably stay there until we get some warmer temperatures," Dianah Ascencio told us.

Crews with the city and the state will be out again Tuesday night and Wednesday morning to treat the roads. The city has been using a granular salt mixture, but that hasn't worked as well for the state. High wind gusts have been blowing the salt mixture off the highway, the interstate, and the loop that they maintain. They've switched to a liquid magnesium-chloride mixture instead.

Lair said a small amount of snow may be beneficial. "If it does ice over tonight, a little dusting of snow would help us more than anything so they're not just driving on that ice in the morning.

Stay with KCBD NewsChannel 11 for updates on road conditions.

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