The Texas Department of Transportation had crews out pretreating roads and bridges in several north Texas counties to prepare for possible snow or ice. Heavy rains, however, including in Wichita Falls have washed away much of the protective benefits of the treatment.
Motorists are encouraged to slow down and drive to the conditions during any weather event.
Nighttime and morning travel could be affected, even if the precipitation stops before then.
TxDOT said they are concerned that standing water can turn to ice overnight and create a dangerous layer of ice on roads.
TxDOT discourages travel Thursday night and in the morning Friday, if possible.
Drivers who do venture out are encouraged to remember these precautions:
- Reduce speed, do not use cruise control
- Maintain at least three times the normal following distance between vehicles when there is snow or ice.
- Watch for road treatment heavy equipment and stay at least 200 feet away from road crews.
- Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses and shaded areas that tend to freeze first.
- Carry extra warm coats, gloves and boots in case you get stranded.
- If your vehicle starts to slide, ease off the gas or brakes. Steer into the direction of the skid until you feel the vehicle has regained traction, then straighten out the vehicle.
Motorists can obtain road conditions by visiting DriveTexas.Org or calling (800) 452-9292.
Breaking conditions and winter driving information for this region are now available at www.Facebook.com/TxDOTWichitaFalls or Twitter www.Twitter.com/TxDOTWF.