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1/27/09

Motorists Warned to Watch for Black Ice

In Lubbock County alone, more than 40 stretches of state highway are listed as having or possibly having black ice. That warning comes from the TxDOT road condition web site Tuesday night.

While the roads seemed a little less treacherous Tuesday night, the reason for the delays Wednesday morning are because there are currently wet areas on the roadways. With temperatures expected to drop into the teens overnight, that liquid will refreeze and that's when black ice forms.

You are warned to be especially careful on bridges and overpasses, because they are most likely to freeze over. The Lubbock Police Department tells us there were dozens of wrecks Tuesday, but there were actually fewer than the last time Lubbock had a winter blast.

In addition to making travel difficult, Tuesday's weather has also proved deadly just south of Lubbock. At least one person died in an accident in Midland County Tuesday morning. Texas DPS says a pick-up collided into an 18-wheeler. The crash and icy conditions caused a section of Interstate 20 to temporarily close.

So, once again, make sure you are extremely cautious when driving. And although it may sound like a simple reminder, remember to watch your speed and give yourself plenty of room to stop when approaching intersections and when following other vehicles.

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