BROWNWOOD–As another winter storm approaches West and Central Texas, the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) Brownwood District has begun prepping and staging equipment, treating major state maintained roadways and structures and monitoring conditions around the clock.
Crews began treating major roadways and structures Thursday and will continue treating roadways through Friday in anticipation of winter precipitation Saturday night through Sunday evening. Crews will continue to monitor and de-ice any areas of concerns throughout this weather event. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), rain showers Saturday will transition to a wintery mix Sunday morning, then to snow by Sunday afternoon. Any snow and sleet accumulations will result in hazardous road conditions for motorists.
Travelers are encouraged to plan ahead and check roadway conditions prior to travel Saturday and Sunday.
TxDOT reminds motorists to follow these helpful tips when traveling in winter weather:
- Give yourself time to reach your destination and account for possible travel delays. Have patience and share the road with other drivers.
- Make sure every person has their seat belt buckled and that child passengers are secured properly in safety seats.
- Drive with caution, reduce speed and increase travel distance between your vehicle and others on the road (at least three times the normal following distance).
- Do not use cruise control or lane assist in newer vehicles.
- If you start to lose control, ease off the gas pedals or brakes. Steer into the direction of a skid until you can regain traction, and then straighten your vehicle.
- Use caution when driving over bridges and overpasses, as temperatures can be colder on elevated surfaces.
- Slow down when approaching emergency or maintenance vehicles, especially when their flashing lights are on. The law requires drivers to maintain a distance of at least 200 feet when approaching a snowplow, and never pass on the right. Visibility can also be reduced during winter weather conditions.
- If you don’t have to travel, stay home.
TxDOT roadway conditions statewide are available at DriveTexas.org or by calling 1-800-452-9292. The Brownwood District Twitter feed (@TxDOTBWD) will be updated as road conditions change. Other TxDOT Twitter feeds and the TxDOT Facebook page are also valuable resources for travel conditions across the state.