Wintry conditions grip Central Texas


by KVUE News and

Posted on January 24, 2014 at 8:29 AM

AUSTIN -- A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Central Texas.

Temperatures fell into the upper 30s Thursday afternoon, with wind chills in the upper 20s and low 30s. By Friday morning the wind chill was in the teens.

Patchy light rain continues over much of the area, with a few pockets of sleet possible late Thursday afternoon in the Hill Country.

Friday will be cold with highs in the mid 30s. A warm up is expected for the weekend, with 60s on Saturday and 70s on Sunday.

Drivers are warned to prepare for even colder weather.

"I just looked over my car [and] took a little air out of the tires so it would ride better in the cold and ice," said one driver.

Corporal Chad Martinka with the Austin Police Department says there will be extra officers on the streets. They’ll also help the Texas Department of Transportation monitor slippery conditions. He advises drivers to slow down.

"They need to make sure to allow more room between them and the vehicle in front of them to allow more stopping time," said Martinka.

TxDOT will have 60 vehicles of its own out in 11 counties. The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is also working with TxDOT to make sure tollways are as safe as possible. The roads have been pre-treated with a liquid de-icing agent, and if ice accumulates, crews will be back out with a salt-like granular chemical to help those who have to drive.

The Austin Transportation Department says to plan your route ahead of time. Know your car, and get it serviced if necessary. Also, stock your car with jumper cables, flashlights and blankets in case of an emergency.

Go here for tips on keeping your property safe during freezing weather.

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