Right now, most of us are excited about the ice and snow melting in Texas as warmer temperatures approach. At the same time, many of us are still reeling from the effects of the record-breaking winter storm that blanketed our state this week. Alaskan-like temperatures effectively brought us to our knees as we struggled to stay warm in our own homes. Electricity and water infrastructures in our great Lone Star state crumbled as we grappled with how to stay warm. As the temperatures rise over the next few days, be aware of these safety tips as you embark on the next few days of warmer weather.
Remember that driving is still dangerous. As the temperatures rise during the coming days and the snow melts and mixes with the dirt and oil on roads, a slush will be present and cause slickness on roads. While this is perhaps preferable to drive in when compared to ice, it’s important to understand it likely won’t stay slush. The forecasted overnight low temperatures that will approach or surpass freezing through Monday will likely cause this slush to refreeze. Morning drivers especially need to remain cautious on the roads. Overconfidence while driving on icy roads can result in fatalities, as witnessed with the catastrophic 133-car pileup in Fort Worth last week. It has been a long time since Texans have dealt this much snow and ice on roads so be careful driving.