Snow storm brings hazardous road conditions to Central Texas

POSTED: Friday, February 4, 2011 - 3:33pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- From the first peek out the window to pulling out of the driveway, Friday was all about the snow in Central Texas, and the roads looked more like an ice skating rink.

Drivers were creeping down Hwy 6 and 84 trying to navigate hidden lanes.

"I was trying to go as slow as I could, but the roads seem very icy especially in the area where I live which is Hewitt, and I was really scared," said one driver about the roads.

Shane Johnston came to Waco today from Belton, and he said it was dangerous out there.

"We came all the way up here from Belton, and it's one way on 35, one direction, and there's several cops. We saw three or four wrecks on the way up here," said Johnston.

Police were out in full force today helping hundreds of stranded drivers and shutting down roads as compacted snow turned to ice. 

A big problem though: most of Central Texas doesn't have snow plows. So the Texas Department of Transportation is sanding the roads and using graters to clear some of the really bad areas.

They're warning people to slow down if you have to be on the roads.

"We're going to continue to be out on the roads moving as much slow as we can with graters as well as laying down the de-icer and the sand-gravel mix for traction.  If you don't have to be out, stay home for just a little while," said Spokesman for Texas DOT, Ken Roberts.

Roberts gave us some tips for driving when you can't see traffic lines. He says look for the reflection tabs sticking out of the snow, and stay in the melted areas where drivers have already cleared the snow.

Overnight, the snow-slush may turn into ice. So, drivers be on the look out.

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