Officials urge drivers to stay off roads due to ice

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by KVUE.com

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Posted on December 7, 2013 at 11:19 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 8 at 8:32 AM

AUSTIN -- Central Texas officials are urging drivers to stay off area roads due to ice. The Texas Department of Transportation has received reports of ice in Travis, Williamson and Bastrop counties.

Precipitation which generated freezing drizzle overnight is slowly moving east. Dry air is now moving into the region, and the sun will be out again later Sunday. Temperatures will be in the mid 40s, but another cold front is heading toward our area Monday night.

A Winter Weather Advisory has been lifted for Travis, Hays and Williamson Counties. It was extended Saturday night to include Bastrop, Caldwell, Lee, and Fayette Counties.

Austin police officers said they responded to 23 reported crashes in two hours on Saturday. APD says one of the crashes was fatal.

Police shut down the northbound and southbound upper decks of I-35 in Austin due to icy conditions.

The Travis County Sheriff's Office told KVUE Sunday night just before 10 p.m. they were responding to at least 20 accidents across the county. The dispatch center was overwhelmed with 911 calls and was unable to provide KVUE any detailed information.

Ed Bluestein Blvd. northbound at Bolm Rd. and southbound at Techni Center Dr. in Central East Austin were completely shut down due to a collision involving about 10 vehicles. No serious injuries were reported. 

Interstate 10 between Schulenburg and Flatonia was closed Sunday due to accidents caused by icing. It has since reopened.

KVUE News was told at least 100 TxDOT crews were treating and retreating roads across the area overnight.

For up-to-date road conditions go here.

Go here for tips on keeping your property safe during freezing weather.

Stay up to date with the forecast wherever you go with our free KVUE Radar mobile app.

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