Crews prepare for possibility of ice on Houston roads

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by Larry Seward / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on January 23, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 23 at 5:55 PM

HOUSTON –- Texas Department of Transportation crews prepared Houston’s roads for freezing weather expected to move into Southeast Texas.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect from 9 p.m. Thursday until 12 p.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

With potential for freezing rain and sleet, TxDOT crews mobilized Wednesday night to spray magnesium chloride on bridges and overpasses. The chemical is used to prevent water accumulation from freezing.

Motorists are advised to use caution when driving late Thursday and early Friday, especially on bridges and overpasses.

TXDoT recommends you maintain at least three times the normal following distance, and 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.

The current forecast calls for an Arctic front to drop Houston’s temperatures Thursday afternoon with the arrival of rain. By Friday morning the rain chance will start to decrease, but early-morning temperatures will bottom out in the upper-20s. Even a small amount of precipitation can create dangerous roads.

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