Icy roads in Smith County, drive cautiously
POSTED: Monday, March 3, 2014 - 6:19pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 3, 2014 - 6:22pm
SMITH COUNTY, TX (KETK) — It wasn't looking too good on roads in Smith County, the cold blast has made it unbearable to drive in. Roads and highways in Smith County were pure ice early Monday because Sunday's rain, sleet and precipitation left ice.
TX Dot says, just because they haven't closed roads doesn't mean it's not dangerous to drive. "You don't want to get close to other vehicles, you want to get on the road get to your destination safely as long as it takes," said Larry Krantz, Smith County TX Dot.
Folks around town tell us, they can't believe this weather. "A little bit ridiculous because Friday was it was 76 degrees and now it's alike 5 degrees," said Tyler resident.
The roads are treacherous and some East Texans aren't used to driving in this. "People are not just slowing down, they really need to slow down, quit going more than 15 to 20 miles an hour," said James Wilhite.
Larry Krantz with TX Dot says, it's very common for ice to stick to bridges and overpasses, but this is the first time he's seen ice stick to the roads. "The roads may go back to freezing tonight with the additional freezing temperatures."
KETK's Chief Meteorologist Scott Chesner says, we've had melting and drying this afternoon but as soon as it gets dark it's over, it freezes solid, which means you'll see dry stretches of road and then suddenly see a thick patch of ice. "Even though the air temperature is below freezing because it's day time there's solar radiation making its way through the clouds and the ground is absorbing that so you're getting the melting even with temperature in the 20's, as soon as you lose that solar radiation at sunset is freezes back up immediately," said Chesner.
This evening and tomorrow morning be careful driving, don't drive if you don't have to and give yourself some time.