Area Cancellations, Closings, and Delays as reported to Texas Thunder Radio Studios:
Area Delays, Closings, and Cancellation
Local National Weather Service Weather Links –
For Caldwell, De Witt, Fayette, Gonzales, Karnes, and Lavaca Counties visit srh.noaa.gov/ewx
For Austin, Calhoun, Colorado, Jackson and Wharton counties visit http://www.srh.noaa.gov/hgx/
For Goliad and Victoria counties visit http://www.srh.noaa.gov/crp/
Area Electric Co-op Links –
GVEC Outage Map:
SBEC Outage Map:
As the possibility of winter weather makes driving conditions unpredictable and dangerous, the Texas Department of Transportation reminds drivers to stay off the roads as much as possible and use extreme caution when travel is necessary.
If you must drive, please keep in mind that sleet or freezing rain can make driving and walking extremely hazardous. Roadway conditions motorists could encounter during adverse winter weather include:
- Loss of pavement friction due to wet, snow-covered or icy conditions
- Restricted visibility due to fog, falling rain or vehicle spray
- Lane obstruction due to standing water or plowed or blowing snow
- Infrastructure damage (such as a washed-out road)
Winter Driving Safety Tips
- Reduce speed. Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions, not winter road conditions
- Maintain at least three times the normal following distance on snow or ice
- Watch carefully for snow removal equipment and stay at least 200 feet back if you are behind a snow plow
- Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses and shaded areas as they tend to freeze first
- If you start to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes. Steer into the direction of the skid until you feel you have regained traction then straighten your vehicle.
Highway Road Conditions Hotline
Call (800) 452-9292 for current information. For non-emergency roadside assistance, motorists can call the Texas Department of Public Safety at (800) 525-5555.
Road Conditions from TxDOT
Check out these tips from TxDPS…
The Texas Department of Public Safety was also urging Texans to prepare for the severe cold and to be safe.
DPS offered several tips for staying safe during this weather event, including:
- Avoid unnecessary travel if possible, monitor local weather broadcasts, and follow up-to-the-minute weather conditions at http://www.weather.gov/.
- Remember that ice forms first on bridges, overpasses and shady areas.
- On icy roads, drive slowly, increase distance needed for stopping, and avoid using cruise control.
- Watch for downed trees and power lines across roads. If power is out, treat all intersections as four-way stops.
- Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained before any trip – check fluid and antifreeze levels.
- Don’t drink and drive and buckle up everyone in the vehicle.
For more information on road conditions statewide, DPS said to check www.drivetexas.org or call 800-452-9292.
In a statement, DPS provided a list of emergency supplies drivers can keep in their vehicle:
- Blankets/sleeping bags, extra clothing, mittens, hat
- Cell phone, radio, flashlight, extra batteries
- First-aid kit and pocket knife
- High-calorie nonperishable food, bottled water
- Sack of sand or cat litter to provide traction for tires
- Windshield scraper, tool kit, booster cables, tow rope and shovel