Road Conditions Treacherous In Some Central Texas Counties

CENTRAL TEXAS (December 7, 2013) Some road conditions in Central Texas were called treacherous Saturday morning, especially in western and northwestern counties as the entire region dawned to a bone-chilling cold.

At 9 a.m. it was 21 degrees at Waco Regional Airport, in Goldthwaite and San Saba, 24 in Temple, Killeen and Gatesville and 23 in Hillsboro.

As well there were reports of significant snow at the new Waco Police Department tower at 30th and Pine.

News 10 also had received viewer reports of snow flurries between West and Abbott.

Sanding crews from the Texas Department of Transportation were busy trying to make roadways safer for travel but in some locations authorities were discouraging travel unless absolutely necessary.

Along Interstate 35 between Austin and Dallas conditions were cold but the Department of Public Safety communications officer at the Waco office said traffic was moving and no closures had been reported.

In Mills County, however, a sheriff's office dispatcher said driving conditions, especially along U.S. Highway 84 west of Evant, were extremely treacherous.

He discouraged travel on the highway for any reason except an absolute emergency because a large portion of the road was coated in ice.

The dispatcher said there was no precipitation falling Saturday morning and he reported no roadways were closed, but said many were too dangerous to drive on.

Just north and east in Hamilton County conditions were not quite so bad but a dispatcher at the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office said there were patches of ice on some roadways.

In Lampasas County the sheriff's office reported Saturday morning that most major thoroughfares were clear but many county roadways were iced from moisture that re-froze overnight.
The sheriff's office dispatcher in Coryell County reported clear roadways but very cold conditions.

The San Saba County Sheriff's Office reported bitter cold Saturday morning but no precipitation and clear roadways.

In Bosque County the sheriff's office reported State Highway 144 between Walnut Springs and Glen Rose at a standstill due to ice on the roadway.

As well, he said State Highway 22 between Meridian and Cranfills Gap was clogged and travel was slow.

Hill County's dispatcher said light flurries were falling at about 8:30 a.m. Saturday but she said major highways were passable.

The dispatcher at Falls County Sheriff's Office also reported occasional light snow flurries but no accumulations and he said roadways were clear.

Roadways were clear in Milam County and the sheriff's office dispatcher reported no precipitation falling Saturday morning.

Some Central Texas customers were without power Saturday morning as linemen from Oncor were working to restore electricity.

Oncor's website showed about 180 customers without electricity Saturday morning in the Waco area, along with about 50 near Georgetown.

But head north and that picture changes drastically.

Oncor reported several thousand without power throughout Tarrant, Dallas, Hunt, Collin, Lamar and Denton counties and on their website said evaluation efforts still were underway and the company was hopeful power would be restored by late Saturday night.

Waco's Christmas Parade still was scheduled to step off at 10 a.m. on Austin Avenue and police were moving barricades into place to block traffic onto Austin Avenue.