TxDOT crews have worked throughout the day [Friday] plowing snow and salting roadways in all 17 counties of the Lubbock District. Several counties, including Bailey, Castro, Crosby, Floyd, Garza, Hale, Hockley, Lamb, Lubbock, Parmer, Swisher and Yoakum, are still reporting areas of snow packed roads.
Gaines, Dawson, Lynn and Cochran have some areas of ice, snow, or wet pavement and motorists should anticipate wet surfaces to refreeze overnight.
According to the National Weather Service, there is a possibility of more snow and/or freezing rain tonight and tomorrow morning. TxDOT is working 12-hour shifts around the clock and will remain on the job until the roads are clear. Drivers are encouraged to watch for slow moving vehicles and heavy equipment, and to slow down and give snow plows room to work as they clear the roads.
The safety of the traveling public is TxDOT’s priority. Motorists should avoid traveling in winter conditions, but if they must, they 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.
Road condition information is available at the TxDOT road conditions 24-hour hotline at 1-800-452-9292 or visit http://www.drivetexas.org.
(News Release From TxDOT)