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Travelers: Check the weather first

December 22, 2011

As motorists look to hit Texas highways this holiday season, local and state law enforcement officials are warning drivers to take precautions when getting behind the wheel.

According to Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer with the Big Spring Police Department, one of the things travelers should check before pulling out of the driveway is the weather.

“It is one of the biggest factors to consider,” said Everett. “You can get road condition reports by calling the Texas Travel Information hotline at 800-452-9292, or pay close attention to the local weather channel. The Texas Department of Public Safety reports all road closures to both.

“Pay close attention to bridges and overpasses during freezing weather as well. Another thing to remember is to allow extra time for travel because the high level of traffic is going to increase how long it takes to get where you’re going.”

According to Accuweather.com, motorists could see freezing rain and even snow in the Crossroads area going into the holiday weekend, with low temperatures expected to dip into the low to mid 20s Friday and Saturday nights. However, beginning late Saturday afternoon and going into Sunday, skies are expected to begin to clear and temperatures should begin to climb slightly, making for a more comfortable holiday.

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