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Thursday Winter Weather Blog

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5:08 P.M. - TxDOT crews across the Odessa District will continue to work through the night treating and monitoring roadways.  Sections along I-20 and north are reporting freezing rain and ice on roadways in places. NWS predicts about a quarter-inch of ice and an ice of sleet/snow to accumulate overnight along the I-20 corridor.

Travel is strongly discouraged, especially tonight as the temperature continues to fall.  

Motorists should continue to remember to:  

  • Reduce speed. Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions, not winter road conditions.  Do not use the cruise control.
  • Maintain at least three times the normal following distance on snow or ice.
  • Watch carefully for personnel and equipment treating roadways, 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.
  • Carry extra warm coats, gloves and boots in case you get stranded.
  • 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.

 

11:41 A.M. - Update on Accident on State Highway 18: Crash cleared on SH 18 north of Monahans near FM 1219. Traffic using both lanes again.

11:31 A.M. - TXDOT Road Condition Update: As freezing rain and sleet move across the Permian Basin, TxDOT crews in the Odessa District are monitoring and treating roadways for icy conditions.

Most counties throughout the northern portion of the Odessa District are reporting some type of moisture that could quickly affect road conditions. Very slick conditions are reported on I-20 in Martin, Midland, Ector and Ward counties.

Drivers should understand that treated roadways will still be difficult to navigate in freezing conditions and are strongly urged to reconsider any travel plans over the next few days. Even a small amount of precipitation can cause slick spots and black ice on roadways that may appear to be clear.
 
For statewide road conditions call 800-452-9292 or visitwww.drivetexas.org. Winter weather driving tips are available athttp://www.txdot.gov/driver/weather/winter-driving.html.

11:30 A.M. - Andrews County Emergency Management is advising motorist in Andrews County to stay off the roads unless the trip is absolutely necessary. Roads are currently icy with freezing rain and sleet continuing to fall. Temperatures at 8:00 am were 28 degrees and have since fallen to 23 degrees.

If driving is absolutely necessary drive to the conditions. Reduce speed to 45 mph or less on highways and county roads and to 25 mph or less on city streets. Keep windows and mirrors clear of ice and snow for maximum visibility. Have extra warm clothing and blankets in the vehicle in case you become stranded. Let someone know when you are traveling, the route you will travel and when you expect to arrive.

10:04 A.M. - ECISD Assistant Athletic's Director Brian Rosson said the basketball game is off for Odessa High and Permian girls and boys tournaments today and also the Junior High 7th & 8th grade basketball game Odessa versus Midland has been cancelled.

10:01 A.M. - Our friends at Marfa Public Radio are reporting no electrical power in Marfa and Fort Davis. Alpine is reportedly still has power.

9:46 A.M. - TXDOT is reporting a two vehicle accident on State Highway 18, north of Monahans near FM 1219. Traffic has been reduced to one lane. Drivers are being asked to slow down and travel with caution. Numerous other accidents have been reported across the area.

8:35 A.M. - From Meteorologist Emily Borchard: Midland Emergency Management reporting FM 1788 is starting to see ice accumulations halfway in between Midland and Andrews. SLOW DOWN and stay off roads if at all possible.

8:28 A.M. - The Winter Weather has returned to the Permian Basin. Please stay tuned to this page throughout the winter weather event and we will pass on traffic information and any possible road closures.

Midland police are currently working multiple accidents along Loop 250, which is already getting slick. Northbound traffic coming off of I-20 at the Loop is currently being diverted to Wall Street due to a rollover. Accidents along the Loop also include at Thomason and 191. Please avoid these areas if possible and slow down for emergency personnel working these accidents.