State agencies preparing for possible ice on Texas roads

Arctic storm could bring ice north of Houston

Published On: Dec 24 2013 05:51:58 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 05 2013 11:22:07 AM CST

The Texas Department of Public Safety wants to keep everyone safe on the road as an arctic cold front heads towards Houston.

Forecasts indicate the possibility of ice on roads north of Houston. The ice could also pose a problem for drivers if it builds up on trees and electrical lines, causing power outages.

"As this winter storm moves into Texas, drivers may encounter freezing rain or sleet that could create extremely dangerous driving conditions," said DPS Director Steven McCraw. "We are urging drivers use extra caution in places where winter precipitation or ice are expected, and to monitor the changing weather conditions in their area."

The governor has activated the Texas Military Forces, including two teams, to pre-deploy to staging locations in Wichita Falls and Sherman Thursday.

Several other state agencies are also preparing to respond to this event, including the Texas Public Utility Commission, the Texas Department of Transportation, and the Texas Department of State Health Services.

DPS offers the following tips for staying safe during this weather event: