Commuters Brave Road Icy Conditions in West Texas 12/06/13
CBS 7 News
December 6, 2013
ODESSA, TX-We continue with team coverage of the storm and its impact on commuters.
Not everyone was lucky enough to be able to stay indoors. Many West Texans still had to brave dangerous road conditions this morning.
CBS 7’s DeAnn Lopez spent the morning talking to commuters, who had no choice but to drive to work on the icy roads where many say, they nearly lost control behind the wheel.
A good deal of West Texans spent their mornings shoveling large blocks of ice from all parts of their vehicles.
"Doors were frozen close, (it) took a little time to get in, but about 20 minutes to defrost once it (the car) got going," said Paul Wyman, an Odessa resident.
Wyman woke up early this morning to make sure customers at the Complex Credit Union in Odessa wouldn’t slip and fall.
"It is really slick, I saw a couple people spinning tires. I'm very fortunate that mine is 4-wheel drive, and helps you go, but it doesn't help you stop, which is something else to remember," said Wyman.
Steffany Torres nearly broke off her passenger door handle while leaving for work, which was covered in ice, and says her morning drive surprised her.
"Pretty much everybody I've seen has been driving slower, because they're taking precaution that the road is slippery," said Torres.
Torres nearly lost control herself, and advises drivers to drive defensively and slow.
"Even taking off, I kind of forgot, it (her car) slipped a little bit, but yeah it is hard to see the lines, and everything, I'm just concerned about other drivers," said Torres.
You can expect the weather, and road conditions to stay icy, and below freezing temperatures throughout the weekend, so if you don't have to drive we highly advise you not to.