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TxDOT warns of dangerous road conditions in Lubbock area

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All counties in the Texas Department of Transportation's (TxDOT) Lubbock District are reporting freezing precipitation this morning. TxDOT crews across the Lubbock District have been working to clear roads of snow and ice since early Sunday morning.

Garza, Lynn and southeast Lubbock counties are among the areas reporting the heaviest snowfall. TxDOT crews are currently plowing roadways but motorists could encounter areas of high or drifting snow, making travel extremely difficult. Travel in these areas is highly discouraged.

Crews are also working to plow moderate to heavy snow accumulations in Floyd, Crosby, Dawson, Gaines, Terry, Hockley, Yoakum and Cochran Counties. Other counties are receiving frozen precipitation and continue to treat roads and bridges for ice.

Crews will continue to operate around the clock until conditions improve.

Snow and icy conditions are also affecting other regions of the state. Drivers are strongly encouraged to check road conditions before deciding to drive today. Those who must get out should follow these guidelines:

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 trucks and equipment treating roadways, and keep your distance.

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. For road conditions, call the TxDOT road conditions hotline at 1-800-452-9292 or check updates on Facebook and Twitter.

The Lubbock District includes: Bailey, Castro, Cochran, Crosby, Dawson, Floyd, Gaines, Garza, Hale, Hockley, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Parmer, Swisher, Terry and Yoakum.

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