With ice, even a little causes a lot of problems

An iced-over Mopac over Lady Bird Lake during the morning ice storm on January 28, 2014 (David Yeomans/KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — During the morning ice event January 28, just over one week ago, Camp Mabry only received 0.05″ of freezing rain – just one twentieth of an inch, or about the same thickness as a CD. But that was all it took to make morning commutes in Austin and elsewhere just about impossible, as black ice covered most bridges and overpasses.

After the messy morning commute last time around, the University of Texas is trying to get ahead of the coming storm – issuing a statement Wednesday encouraging people to wake up Thursday and evaluate the weather situation where they are. And if roads don’t appear safe to travel – stay home.

The Texas Department of Transportation said their crews would be ready to respond to any inclement weather the rest of the week. A spokesperson said crews are closely monitoring forecasts and several offices will be staffed overnight. The department also says they have sufficient material to treat roadways

As temperatures drop below freezing tonight, remember – it only takes a little bit of drizzle to cause big problems.

Statement from UT:
“Regardless of the decision made concerning safe travel to the UT campuses, we ask that you carefully evaluate your own personal situation.  If conditions along your route are not safe for you to travel, please stay home.  Employees who remain home when the university opens should contact their supervisors to inform them of their situation. Students who are unable to attend class when the university opens should contact their professors and instructors to discuss making up any classwork.”

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