Officials urge drivers to stay off Central Texas roads due to ice Saturday night

Officials urge drivers to stay off Central Texas roads due to ice Saturday night

Officials urge drivers to stay off Central Texas roads due to ice Saturday night

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by KVUE.com

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Posted on December 8, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Updated Sunday, Dec 8 at 8:51 AM

AUSTIN, Texas -- Central Texas officials are urging drivers to stay off area roads due to ice. The Texas Department of Transportation has received reports of ice in Travis, Williamson and Bastrop counties.

The National Weather Service has extended the Winter Weather Advisory westward, which now includes Travis, Hays, and Williamson Counties in addition to Bastrop, Caldwell, Lee, and Fayette Counties. This Winter Weather Advisory runs until 6 a.m. Sunday, and is due to freezing drizzle being reported around the region.

As of 10 p.m. Saturday Austin police officers were working at least 10 crashes and trying to get to 10 more. One of the crashes was fatal.

Police shut down the northbound and southbound upper decks of I-35 in Austin due to icy conditions.

The Travis County Sheriff's Office told KVUE Sunday night just before 10 p.m. they were responding to at least 20 accidents across the county. The dispatch center is overwhelmed with 911 calls and was unable to provide KVUE any detailed information.

Ed Bluestein Blvd. northbound at Bolm Rd. and southbound at Techni Center Dr. in Central East Austin are completely shut down due to a 25-vehicle collision.

Interstate 10 between Schulenburg and Flatonia is closed due to accidents caused by that icing.

KVUE News was told at least 100 TxDOT crews are treating and retreating roads across the area. More crews have just been called out to problem areas.

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