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TxDOT warns of dangerous road conditions

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TxDOT maintenance crews across the Lubbock District will continue to monitor road conditions and treating bridges, overpasses and critical areas with de-icing materials throughout the evening and into tomorrow.

A wintry mix fell throughout the region today, creating widespread areas of ice/black ice conditions on roadways. Hazardous driving conditions will continue into the night and tomorrow morning.

Drivers should understand that treated areas and roadways will still be difficult to navigate in freezing conditions. Even a small amount of precipitation can cause slick spots and black ice on roadways that may appear to be clear.

TxDOT continues to urge drivers to reconsider any travel plans over the next few days until conditions improve. Motorists are strongly advised to stay home, but if they must travel should observe these winter safety tips:

Reduce speed. Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions, not winter road conditions

Maintain at least three times the normal following distance on snow or ice

Watch carefully for snow removal equipment and stay at least 200 feet back if you are behind a snow plow

Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses and shaded areas as they tend to freeze first

If you start to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes. Steer into the direction of the skid until you feel you have regained traction then straighten your vehicle.

More winter weather safety information can be found at www.txdot.gov – key word: winter driving. Weather and road conditions can change rapidly. For more information on road conditions statewide, check www.drivetexas.org or call 800-452-9292.

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