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Road Conditions May Get Worse Tonight

Road conditions forced many Texoma schools and businesses to close their doors Monday, and some places have already made similar plans for Tuesday. 

Low temperatures in the teens and twenties are causing concern about roads refreezing overnight.

The highest the temperature reached in Wichita Falls today was only 25 degrees, so there has been no natural melting. TxDOT crews have been on 12 hour shifts since Sunday morning, trying to get roads under control.

Texoma has been grappling with graupel, and sliding on sleet, snow and ice since early Monday morning. Wichita Falls Police Officer Brandie Banda is encouraging drivers to slow down and take your time, if you're out on the roads at all.

"If you don't have to be out, don't be out. It just makes it safer for everybody," Officer Banda advised.

TxDOT crews have spraying brine and magnesium chloride to try and break the ice.

"Once we get a little bit of melting going on between the ice and the pavement, we can bring out snow plows through and plow that stuff off," TxDOT Public Information Officer Adele Lewis said Monday. 

Steadily cold temperatures and overcast skies haven't helped in the melting process. Further complicating efforts is what drivers can't see: ice beneath a thin surface of sleet and snow.

"That is the most dangerous because they don't even know that its there," Lewis said. 

And Lewis is not optimistic about road conditions improving tonight in the Falls or elsewhere across Texoma. 

"We'll see refreeze in puddles and also on the bridges and overpasses. So people need to stay vigilant tonight and into tomorrow because its not going to get much better, it may get a little bit worse."

Dave Caulfield, Newschannel 6 

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