How to check the ice on the roads, the closure in North Texas

Update: Updated Tuesday, January 24 at 9:51 am.

A mixture of snow, rain and sleet is expected in North Texas today as winter weather advisories are in effect for areas north and west of Dallas and Fort Worth from Tuesday noon to Wednesday midnight. Additional storm systems across much of Texas prompted Gov. Greg Abbott to pre-allocate emergency resources.

For North Texas residents who are still commuting or planning to drive across the state today, here’s how to check road conditions and closures before heading out into the cold.

Until Wednesday midnight, counties north and west of Dallas and Fort Worth are under a winter storm advisory, including Denton, Collin, Wise, Grayson, and Cook counties. It will be wet and cold in the immediate vicinity of Dallas and Fort Worth today, with rain expected for most of Tuesday and temperatures dropping into the 40s. KXAS-TV (NBC5) reports that a brief period of sleet is expected Tuesday evening until midnight.

However, little or no snow accumulation is expected in Dallas and Tarrant counties, with roads mostly wet from rain. The National Weather Service said sections of overpasses and bridges are prone to slush and slippery weather, especially in counties to the north and west, and warned drivers to drive slowly.

Resources for checking road conditions:

  • The Texas Department of Transportation’s DriveTexas map can be filtered to show accidents, closures, and other ice and snow related incidents throughout the state. You can also call the department at 800-452-9292 for information.
  • North Texas Tollway Authority Twitter account sends timely messages about traffic jams and closures.
  • The Fort Worth National Weather Service’s Expected Impacts and Timeline page details possible road conditions over a three-day period. The weather service also publishes regular updates on its websites. Twitter.
  • Some Twitter accounts for local police and fire departments post regular updates on traffic and accidents, such as Dallas Fire and Rescue Service, Fort Worth Fire Department and most Districts TxDOT.

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