* NO TRAVEL SHOULD BE CONDUCTED IN COOKE, GRAYSON, DENTON, WISE, DENTON, COLLIN, TARRANT, DALLAS, JOHNSON, ELLIS COUNTIES TONIGHT AS MANY HIGHWAYS ARE EITHER BECOMING IMPASSABLE DUE TO ICE AND/OR STRANDED VEHICLES. THIS INCLUDES I-35, I-35W, I-35E, I-20, I-30, I-45, US-287, US-377, US-114, US-380, US-180 *
* ROADS/BRIDGES ARE SLICK ACROSS THE PERMIAN BASIN, CENTRAL TEXAS AND THE BRAZOS VALLEY. THIS INCLUDES THE AUSTIN METRO AREA AND COLLEGE STATION *
* WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for parts of the South Plains, Permian Basin, Central Texas, East Texas, South Texas, and the Brazos Valley. This includes Tulia, Plainview, Lubbock, Brownfield, Lamesa, Midland, Odessa, Pecos, Texarkana, Longview, Tyler, Jacksonville, Nacogdoches, Bryan/College Station, Georgetown, Round Rock, Austin, San Marcos, New Braunfels, San Antonio, Brenham, Sealy, Hallettsville, Victoria, Goliad, and Beeville. A Winter Weather Advisory means light accumulations of ice could cause slick spots on bridges and overpasses. Freezing fog and freezing drizzle could cause areas of black ice. Overall, accumulations will remain light but will cause havoc on bridges and roads that were fine earlier today.
* FREEZING FOG ADVISORY for parts of North and Central Texas. Gainesville, Sherman, Paris, Sulphur Springs, Greenville, McKinney, Denton, Fort Worth, Arlington, Dallas, Canton, Athens, Corsicana, Palestine, Hillsboro, Fairfield, Waco, Temple, Killeen (Fort Hood) are a few cities included. With temperatures below freezing fog is going to cause additional light icing. While additional impacts in areas of significant ice accumulation will be minimal, it will likely put down a glazing of ice on already treated roadways. For areas that don’t have ice already, there will be patches of ice on bridges and roadways.
Road conditions have gone downhill across parts of Central Texas and the Brazos Valley this evening. Several roads are closed in Austin and Bryan/College Station with plenty of slick roads across the region. Roads remain dangerous and life-threatening across North Texas where accidents remain common-place. If you plan on traveling tonight, plan on having enough supplies in your vehicle to get you through the night and don’t be surprised to spend the night in your vehicle. Road conditions will not begin improving until temperatures rise above freezing on Sunday. Any roads that remain wet/slushy/icy on Sunday will freeze up again on Sunday night and possibly make Monday morning’s commute difficult in areas. We’ll address that issue on Sunday as we get a better idea of how roads are doing.
In terms of the weather: Ice accumulations will be light tonight with very light freezing drizzle and some freezing fog. We do not expect significnat ice accumulations. With temperatures below freezing and many surfaces already quite cold it will not take much for bridges to ice over in a hurry. That’s already happened this evening in Central Texas and the Brazos Valley. You can check road conditions for your area at www.drivetexas.org