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TxDOT Bryan District prepares for threat of wintry mix

Posted at 7:04 PM, Jan 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-09 20:08:48-05

BRYAN, TEXAS — Travel could be difficult tomorrow with winter weather roaring in, so will you be staying at home?

Winter weather is coming our way Sunday.

Some Brazos residents say they will have to see it, to believe it.

"I don't think it will, but if it does, it will be nice to see. I haven't seen it in a while," Garrett Harmon, a Brazos County resident said.

"It might...I think we will see a mix...a wintry mix," Jon Buchanan, a Brazos County resident said.

Rare snow and ice could mean hazardous driving conditions.

"Well it was about last February that we pre-treated for anything, but it's been about 2 years since we had any ice or any snow that has accumulated here in the Bryan District," Bob Colwell, Public Information Officer for TxDOT's Bryan District said.

The Bryan District of TxDOT covers 10 counties alone.

Public Information Officer Bob Colwell says they started out early Saturday morning pre-treating the roads with brine, a salt-water solution.

"Hitting all of our high points...our bridges...our permeate friction coarse, a type of roadway that tends to freeze over first," Colwell added.

Colwell says to use extreme caution during unpredictable weather.

"And if you do have to drive, some tips are: One, buckle up. Two, allow for extra time to get to you destination. Three, do not use your cruise-control because that will cause you to start skidding. Four, watch out for bridges and overpasses and shaded areas because those are the things that tend to freeze first. Five, slow down and move over for emergency vehicles."

Long timers know how critical it is to slow down.

"Definitely be careful and use caution. I'm not going to get out unless it's absolutely necessary, but if I do need to get out, just use caution and be defensive and just make sure to follow all the rules," Buchanan added.

"Make sure you take plenty of time and use the extra precautions because it's better to get there than not get there at all," Colwell added.

Colwell says his crews will also be out Sunday beginning at 6am monitoring the roadways and bridges and says if you don't have to be out on the road, please stay at home.