Icy roads cause problems south and east of Austin


by TINA SHIVELY / KVUE News and Photojournalist KENNETH NULL

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Posted on February 6, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 6 at 1:40 PM

AUSTIN -- Early morning snow, sleet and ice caused some problems on roads south and east of Austin.

The National Weather Service recorded a trace of 0.1 inches of precipitation in some spots, but it was enough to cause some issues.

In downtown Lockhart KVUE cameras caught drivers hesitating making turns, skidding, sliding, spinning out and fishtailing on mostly ice-covered roads.

Despite having some snowy driving experience, Jovita Dillon was anxious about heading to work in Austin.

"It's not so much that I'm nervous about driving on the snow because we've lived in northern states before," she said. "Driving on ice is a totally different animal. You just kind of have to go one little bit at a time and don't hit your brakes, otherwise you're going to skid."

Drivers also faced icy roads in San Marcos, where police responded to nearly two dozen accidents between 5:30 and 9 a.m.

In one case the San Marcos Fire Department had to shut down a section of southbound Interstate after a car slid, spun around to face the wrong direction and smashed into the median. Police opened the lane immediately afterward.

Around 9 a.m. police reported a crash involving a school bus and an SUV on Lakeshore Boulevard. No children were injured, and the bus driver was evaluated. Two people from the SUV had minor injuries.

TxDOT worked to put sand on bridges in Bastrop County after a few accidents were reported in Smithville.

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

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