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Cold weather to return to Crossroads (w/gallery)

By Bianca Montes
Jan. 24, 2014 at 8 p.m.
Updated Jan. 24, 2014 at 7:25 p.m.

Ice on leaves early Friday morning in Victoria.

Safety Tips says the best advice for driving in inclement weather is to not drive at all. However, if you must drive, here are a few tips to keep safe on the road:

  1. Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads, which will freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges.
  2. Use low gears to keep traction, especially on hills.
  3. Keep your lights and windshield clean.
  4. Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.
  5. Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.

Icy Windows

Here are some helpful hints at keeping your windshield ice-free from

Wiping your windows down with a 3-to-1 solution of water and vinegar will keep them ice proof.

Don't have vinegar? Placing car mats over the window also will keep the ice away.

Putting old socks over your window wipers will keep them from getting stuck.

An Arctic blast that swept through the Crossroads early Friday morning, chilling the roads with below freezing temperatures, is expected to continue next week.

Another shot of cold air will begin Monday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Doug Bogelfang, with the brunt of it arriving Tuesday.

Tuesday's high will be in the 40s, and the temperature will drop to the mid-to-upper 20s Wednesday night.

Ice will not be an issue.

Unlike Friday's Arctic blast, moisture won't be in the air, Bogelfang said.

Icy bridges and overpasses Friday accounted for several injury and noninjury traffic crashes.

In Port Lavaca, a school bus and vehicle collided at the intersection of state Highway 35 and Smith Road. No injuries were reported.

"Only one student was on the bus," said Port Lavaca Police Cpl. Y'kuiam Denson.

An overnight power outage left traffic signals disabled, and one of the vehicles failed to yield the right of way, Denson said.

In total, 60 wrecks, some involving injuries, were reported in Victoria and surrounding counties, including Goliad, Jackson, Lavaca, Matagorda, Calhoun and Wharton. DeWitt and Refugio officials said they didn't have any weather-related wrecks.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Trooper Gerald Bryant said troopers worked five accidents in Victoria County and one sliding incident, in which a vehicle got stuck in a ditch. No serious injuries were reported.

Bryant said U.S. Highway 77 Business was where a majority of the wrecks occurred.

Victoria Police Department responded to nine noninjury accidents, said Officer William Bernard.

Wharton County officials reported the most wrecks with 22 accidents. The worst were a jackknifed tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 59, near the El Campo Cycle Center, and a two-vehicle collision with injuries also on U.S. 59, near state Highway 60, said a dispatcher at the DPS Pierce office.

Saturday should offer better traveling conditions. Morning temperatures are expected to be in the 30s with the day's high around 60 degrees. The night will chill out to about 42 degrees.



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