TxDOT pretreating Abilene & Brownwood area roads for possible wintry weather


ABILENE, Texas -- In preparation of possible wintry weather Tuesday evening, Texas Department of Transportation crews are pretreating roadways throughout the Abilene and Brownwood areas.

"Please keep an eye out for these convoys as you're traveling and be sure to give them plenty of room!" TxDOT said in a social media message.

Temperatures were at or below freezing mainly around and north of I-20 Tuesday afternoon.

Light rain or drizzle was developing over our area. As the sun sets, this light precipitation could freeze on objects mainly above the ground - including bridges and overpasses.

The greatest risk area for travel problems looks to be from Breckenridge to just north of Dallas-Fort Worth for Tuesday evening. The National Weather Service already has that area under a Winter Weather Advisory for Tuesday night.

Precipitation is expected to move southeast overnight and be south of our area by sunrise Wednesday. It will be a cold night with low temperatures in the middle 20s Wednesday morning. Sunny skies should be back with us by noon Wednesday. High temperatures should warm into the upper 40s Wednesday afternoon.

"All pretreatment activities began this morning and are expected to be completed before temperatures drop below freezing later today," said Andrew Carlson, TxDOT's Brownwood district spokesman.

Crews in Brown, Coleman, Eastland, McCulloch, and Stephens counties will be pretreating bridges, overpasses, and known trouble spots, Carlson said. Trucks will be laying down a brine solution to roads.

TxDOT crews will be monitoring the roadway throughout the night on Tuesday and into Wednesday, Carlson said.

KTXS will provide additional details as they become available.

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