Crews hit road as icy weather bears down on Austin

The threat of accumulating ice is once again in the forecast for Austin and Central Texas. It would be the seventh icing event in the KXAN viewing area, the most since 1985.

At Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, ice or snow has never been recorded after March 3. That could all change as temperatures fall below freezing.

The Texas Department of Transportation had crews on standby again Monday night, dispatching trucks to spots around the region as roadways started to ice over after midnight.

The Austin District coverage area includes Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Gillespie, Hays, Lee, Llano, Mason, Travis and Williamson counties.

The department says sleet, ice and freezing rain can create extremely dangerous driving conditions, which is why they strongly advises drivers to stay off the roads as much as possible.

During an icing event earlier this year, Austin police said they responded to a staggering 278 crashes from 6 p.m. on Jan. 23, to 10 a.m. on Jan. 24.

If drivers must be on the road, please remember to:
• Reduce speed
• Increase following distance
• Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, and overpasses
• Stay back at least 200 feet from vehicles treating or clearing roadways
• If you start to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes and steer in the direction of skid
• Avoid unnecessary travel

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