Winter storm warning for Central Texas canceled; sleet expected

Winter storm warning for Central Texas canceled; sleet expected

Winter storm warning for Central Texas canceled; sleet expected

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by KVUE.com

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Posted on November 25, 2013 at 10:00 AM

AUSTIN, Texas -- Sunday the National Weather Service canceled the winter storm warning for Llano, Burnet, Gillespie, Blanco, Williamson, Hays and Travis counties counties. They said they are expecting less ice accumulation in those areas.

KVUE's Storm Team is still expecting rain mixed with sleet, freezing rain and possibly snow through Tuesday morning.

The areas are still under a winter weather advisory, which means that the weather is expected but should not cause potential harm to life or property.

The Texas Department of Transportation warned travelers to exercise extreme caution when driving due to potential ice in the Hill Country.

"While drivers may think roadways are fine, black ice covered by snow is a hazard and can cause deadly crashes," the alert said.

TxDOT released the following safe driving 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 ice.
  • 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.

TxDOT also released the following list of road conditions in other areas across Texas: 

  • Amarillo – No road closures, but travel is hazardous due to snow and ice; travel is not advised
  • Abilene – No road closures, but travel is hazardous due to snow and ice; travel is not advised
  • Austin – No road closures; light ice on bridges in Hill Country counties; exercise extreme caution if traveling
  • Atlanta – No severe weather yet; snow and ice conditions are expected later today; crews on standby and pretreating
  • Childress – No road closures; moderate to heavy snowfall; travel is not advised
  • Dallas – No severe weather yet; snow and ice conditions are expected later today; crews on standby and pretreating
  • El Paso – The following closures:  Transmountain (Loop 375), (From US 54 to I-10); US 62/180 (from the El Paso county line to the New Mexico state); travel is hazardous due to snow and ice; travel is not advised
  • Ft. Worth – No severe weather yet; snow and ice conditions are expected later today; crews on standby and pretreating
  • Lubbock – No road closures, but travel is hazardous due to snow and ice; travel is not advised
  • Odessa – The following closures: Loop 250 in Midland is closed; SH 191 closed from Loop 250 to FM 1788; travel is hazardous due to snow and ice; travel is not advised
  • San Angelo – No road closures, but travel is hazardous in the area, particularly Glasscock County, due to ice on the roads; travel is not advised
  • Waco – No severe weather yet; snow and ice conditions are expected later today; crews on standby and pretreating
  • Wichita Falls – No closures; thin layer of ice on bridges; travel is hazardous due to ice; travel is not advised

Go here for KVUE's weather forecast.

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