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TxDOT provides updates on road conditions across West Texas

There were more than 5,000 roadway sections across Texas affected by snow and ice, according to TxDOT.
Credit: TxDpt

TEXAS, USA — The Texas Department of Transportation provided an update on road conditions across West Texas Wednesday afternoon.

According to a TxDOT press release, every county in Texas has seen some sort of impact and some parts of the state saw record snowfall totals.

Some parts saw up to 5 and 8 inches of snow and ice, including San Angelo who saw a record-breaking 10.1 inches, according to the National Weather Service. 

As of Wednesday evening, there are more than 5,000 roadway sections across Texas affected by snow and ice, as well as 40 roads closed. 

No road closures were reported by the San Angelo District as of 6 p.m. Wednesday evening, however, there are 144 reports of ice and snow on district roadways.

Some TxDOT locations are currently operating on backup generators because of no service, while others continue to be without power and water.

All 25 districts are currently working in winter weather operations and working 12-hour shifts. 

TxDOT said there are more than 700 snow plows and more than 200 motor graders operating to plow snow and de-ice, according to TxDOT.

There have been more than 4,500 TxDOT employees helping in winter weather efforts. TxDOT said it's thankful for its partners in the local communities for helping its forces - DPS, County, City, Forest Service, Parks & Wildlife, as well as personnel from state agencies.

People are urged to stay where they are if possible and not drive for two main reasons, road conditions are hazardous and you could get stranded for an unknown amount of time with reports of fuel running low across the state. 

Additional snow of up to three inches across the region is in the forecast for Thursday, Feb. 18.

For anyone who must drive, TxDOT recommends checking the forecasts, road conditions and closures at DriveTexas.org or by calling 800-452-9292 before leaving on your planned route.

Motorists in need of roadside assistance can call 800-525-5555, the number on the back of your license, or 9-1-1 if facing an emergency.