A mix of rain and possible freezing temperatures could cause icy road conditions late Jan. 1 into early Jan. 2.
In preparation, the Texas Department of Transportation began pre-treating major highways Dec. 31 in the Austin district.
“Pre-treating roads in advance of a storm discourages ice from sticking to the pavement,” TxDOT Public Information Officer Brad Wheelis wrote in a media release. “Work teams and trucks will then be placed on standby, to respond to ice situations, as the need arises.”
In Burnet County, TxDOT crews are working to pre-treat bridges on highways.
New Year’s Day is expected to be sunny with a high of 51 degrees in Marble Falls before a cold front that night brings a 50 percent chance of precipitation after midnight and a low of about 32 degrees.
Rain chances Jan. 2 are 60 percent with a high of 38 degrees. That night, rain chances are 30 percent with a low of 27 degrees.
TxDOT offered guidelines for motorists to keep in mind in the area for the following days:
• Drive cautiously over bridges and overpasses as these are the first roadways to freeze.
• A vehicle needs at least three times more distance to stop on a slick roadway, so increase your following distance and reduce speed.
• Avoid using cruise control and do not suddenly apply the brakes to better respond if you encounter slippery roads.
• Keep a distance of at least 200 feet when approaching a de-icing crew, according to the law.
• Check fuel, tire, oil, and antifreeze levels before traveling in winter conditions and make sure your heater, windshield wipers, and brakes work properly.