Following a few peaks of sun, morning snowfall has largely melted or turned into slush on area roadways. This temporary melting allowed for improving travel conditions Thursday afternoon.
However, temperatures are still well below freezing - in the 10s and 20s - and will fall further after sunset. Any moisture that is left on area sidewalks, roadways, etc., will refreeze Thursday night and create locally hazardous driving conditions across the KCBD viewing area.
Lubbock police responded to more than 60 accidents inside the city limits as of Thursday afternoon, and that's just since midnight. Five of those crashes reported injuries.
Officials say the majority of the accidents happened on overpasses, since they have a tendency to freeze first.
Latest forecast data keeps a slight chance of snow and freezing drizzle in the forecast through Thursday night, and into Friday morning. This time, wintry precipitation will favor the southern South Plains or south of a Morton-Lubbock-Guthrie line. Even if wintry showers do develop, little accumulation is expected.
However, even a small amount of moisture falling on roadways that are below freezing will add to the threat of icy travel through Friday morning's commute.
Temperatures will warm above freezing Friday, under clearing skies. The threat of icy travel will greatly diminish by Friday afternoon.
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