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The forecast for a wintry mix has been going back and forth for the end of the weekend and into next week. However, TxDOT doesn't want to take any chances with being unprepared. There is a chance we could see a wintry mix from Sunday night through Tuesday and that could lead to slick roads around Amarillo. That is why TxDOT crews have begun treating our major roads with brine, which helps minimize ice from sticking to the road.

When the Amarillo area receives wintry precipitation, routes are prioritized in order to keep motorists moving and safe. High-volume roadways like I-40, I-27, and state highways get taken care of first. In more rural areas, crews concentrate on clearing Farm-to-Market roads connecting smaller communities with major highways and allows first responders, as well as utility companies, to react to emergencies. TxDOT’s Amarillo District also communicates with city and county officials during weather events to ensure state roadways in their areas are being managed. It is a full group coordination.

TxDOT wants to remind everyone that as crews start treating our roads, to please slow down when you come upon them and give them space. While our forecast could change and the threat of wintry weather goes away, they would rather be safe than sorry when it comes to our area travel. If you do find yourself driving in snow, sleet, or ice, there are some quick tips you can follow to stay safe:

  • Slow down. Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions, not winter road conditions.
  • The best way to avoid skidding on ice is to slow down – decelerate around turns, avoid slamming on the brakes, and drive to conditions. Decreasing your speed decreases your chance of losing control.
  • Maintain at least three times the normal following distance in snow or icy conditions.
  • Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses and shaded areas as they tend to freeze first.