For the second morning in a row, Killeen-area residents will wake up to winter-like weather.
With that brings hazardous driving conditions, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
One weather-related accident was reported Wednesday morning, according to Harker Heights police. The incident occurred on Chaparral Road, west of Stillhouse Lake Road. A single vehicle slid off the roadway into a creek just outside the Harker Heights city limits.
The Texas Department of Transportation treated bridges and overpasses on Interstates 14 and 35 on Wednesday with a salt water brine, according to spokesman Ken Roberts.
“That was a pre-treatment that should last a couple of days,” Roberts said. The high temperature Thursday is expected to be around 48 degrees with a low dropping down to 31.
“There is a chance of a wintry mix Thursday morning with a chance of light sleet,” Godwin said. “We had reports of light sleet in Bell County on Wednesday.”
DPS Director Steven McCraw said area residents should be prepared for winter driving conditions.
“While we’ve all heard the joke about Texas only having two seasons — hot and hotter — all Texans need to prepare now for the serious threats that the upcoming winter could bring,” McCraw said. “Every year, Texas faces the dangers of winter weather conditions, including freezing temperatures, ice, sleet and even snow. Texans are urged to stay informed about changing weather in their area and to take steps now to help stay safe during the coming months.”
Texans should winterize their vehicles by checking the battery, windshield wipers (including appropriate freeze resistant-fluid), tire pressure, tire tread, fluid levels, and lubricate door and trunk locks to prevent freezing.
In addition, here is a list of emergency supplies drivers can keep in their vehicle:
• Blankets/sleeping bags, extra clothing, gloves and a hat.
• Cell phone, radio, flashlight and extra batteries.
• First-aid kit and pocket knife.
• High calorie, non-perishable food and bottled water.
• Bag of sand or cat litter to provide traction for tires.
• Windshield scraper, tool kit, booster cables, tow rope and a shovel.
Temperatures are expected to warm up to a high of 57 on Friday and temperatures in the low to mid-60s for the weekend.
“It looks as if we will have a very nice weekend,” Godwin said.