UPDATE 8:05 PM Saturday Road Conditions: Very Icy in Some Areas 12/7/13
CBS 7 News
December 7, 2013
UPDATE 8:05 PM
As the Texas Department of Transportation mobilizes additional team members from across the state in North Texas to assist crews in clearing the roadways, the agency is asking drivers to stay off all roads in impacted areas. While drivers may think roadways are fine, black ice covered by snow is a hazard and can cause deadly crashes.
Although North Texas saw some improvement to area highways, many bridges and roadways still have several inches of ice due to temperatures remaining well below freezing today. On Sunday, additional TxDOT crews will be in full force trying to clear North Texas roadways. We are asking media to remind drivers to stay off the roads so crews can work efficiently.
Interstate 35E/35 in Denton County continues to experience issues with solid ice on the roadway. Interstate 35E in northern Dallas County also continues to experience issues. TxDOT crews continue to treat these and many other highways with sand and salt to improve traction.
Interstate 20 in Parker and Palo Pinto Counties continues to experience issues with solid ice on the roadway. Currently, I-20 eastbound is moving slowly after two 18-wheelers jackknifed. Interstate 35W north of U. S. 287 is also experiencing issues. TxDOT crews continue to treat these two highway locations and many others with sand and salt to improve traction.
The TxDOT Dallas and Fort Worth Districts have had nearly 300 pieces of equipment and 600 employees working since before this major ice storm hit North Texas. In addition, TxDOT districts statewide are using more than 2,000 pieces of equipment and more than 3,000 people to respond to the storm statewide. All crews continue to work around the clock throughout the weekend toward making roadways passable in more than two dozen counties until the freezing conditions are over.
Motorists can obtain travel information by calling (800) 452-9292. Road conditions and traffic updates available on Facebook, www.facebook.com/txdot and Twitter, www.twitter.com/txdot.
UPDATE 5:30 PM
Fog is extremely dense and is making things worse with extremely limited visibility in the area around the I10 I20 split.
Again travel is very discouraged in area.
Our El Paso East Area crew that went to assist Pine Springs will be moving to Van Horn with the West Area trucks that were left in Pine Springs.
6 personnel and some equipment coming from Marfa as well. Our main mission is to keep split open on our side and assist Odessa on their side.
All other areas are clear.
UPDATE 4:50 PM
The area around where I-10 and I-20 split in West Texas has serious issues with ice. Workers and equipment from other sections are en route to help work on roads. We will be wroking I10 and I20. Travel is highly discouraged.
Roads in Odessa and Midland area are better but some patches of ice remain.
Please stay off roads unless absolutely necessary.
The western part of the Permian Basin is seeing very icy road conditions.
The Fort Stockton Police Department is reporting I-10 is closed from Fort Stockton west to El Paso.
KIUN radio in Pecos is reporting that DPS is working a 10-truck pileup with a fatality at MM190 westbound on I-10.
Roads near the I10 I20 split are icy.
While some roads in the Permian Basin are in decent shape, many still have ice patches. The extremely low temperatures has likely frozen any standing water.
Travel is highly discouraged, especially heading east. Conditions east of Abilene are very poor. Please stay safe and don't drive unless absolutely necessary.