Freezing drizzle causes trouble on Brazos Valley bridges

Freezing drizzle causes trouble on Brazos Valley bridges

Credit: KBTX

A Winter Weather Advisory was in effect for several counties west and northwest of the KHOU 11 viewing area overnight as icy conditions shut down several bridges in the Brazos Valley. Several crashes were reported.

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by KHOU.com & KBTX.com staff

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Posted on December 8, 2013 at 7:38 AM

Updated Sunday, Dec 8 at 11:23 AM

HOUSTON -- Dozens of crashes were reported late Saturday as bridges and overpasses west and north of Houston iced over.

A Winter Weather Advisory was in effect until 6 a.m. Sunday., and all College Station-area roadways shut down overnight have reopened.

According to KBTX-TV, one woman said her Ford Explorer skidded across a bridge on Highway 290 in Brenham and then crashed into the median, leaving her vehicle facing oncoming traffic. No injuries were reported in the incident.

The Texas Department of Transportation sent out work crews Saturday evening to treat elevated roadways.

As of 7 p.m., traffic on Interstate 10 was slow near Flatonia, about halfway to San Antonio, due to multiple accidents caused by icing. The National Weather Service reported sleet in Colorado County, and the Colorado County Sheriff’s Office said there were at least 15 wrecks, including six rollovers, on I-10.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety in Bryan, Highway 6 was closed near Highway 21 due to a crash. The Bryan Police Department said that as of 8:30 p.m., every bridge on Highway 6 north of Briarcrest in Brazos County was shutdown.

College Station police overnight said they were working a major crash on the northbound lanes of Earl Rudder Freeway near Nantucket involving 15 vehicles, and Caldwell police shut down Highway 21 heading east due to the icy conditions as well.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said that parts of Highway 290, Highway 36 North, Highway 105, FM 109, and FM 389 were iced over.

The freezing conditions are expected to come to an end later Sunday morning.

Closer to Houston, temperatures were too warm for icing to be an issue, even on bridges.

Sunday's forecast calls for a 40-percent chance for rain and temperatures in the 40s later in the day. Freezing rain is possible again Sunday night in the Brazos Valley area.

This entire week will remain cold with scattered rain possible.

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