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Residents Urged To Stay Home Off Roads When Possible, Use Extreme Caution Driving

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Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County law enforcement and emergency services personnel had responded to multiple minor vehicle crashes due to the weather Thursday morning. Thus, emergency responders are urging all who are able to remain at home until conditions improve. Those who cannot avoid travel are urged to use extreme caution driving, plan on driving slowly and allowing time for weather delays to traffic.

While most of the major streets and highways through Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County are passable thanks to crews out sanding and plowing roads, some of the side streets in Sulphur Springs had a lot of ice midmorning Thursday, and many county roads, bridges and overpasses had ice at least in patches as well.

At 11 a.m. Feb. 11 traffic on Interstate 30 west was at a standstill at the Hopkins-Hunt County line due to the extreme icy road conditions; traffic had slowed to a crawl on I-30 west as far as east as Sulphur Springs at that time.

At 11:15 a.m. Thursday, emergency officials were diverting traffic off of Interstate 30 west at the 116 mile marker onto the service road in an effort to get traffic moving slowing through the area. According to Texas Department of Transportation, both sides of I-30 from exit 101 to the Hopkins County line are iced over; TxDOT crews are treating the area, but the roadway is currently dangerous.

Travel is also cautioned on I-30 from Saltillo to Winfield; both sides of the interstate were reported at 11:40 a.m. Feb. 11 by TxDOT to have ice and snow on bridges and overpasses, ice and patched of ice and snow on the road as well. TxDOT crews were

Caution was also recommended on both lanes of State Highway 19 north at the State Highway 154 split to Cooper, where ice and snow were reported to be on the bridges. That section of roadway is expected to continue to have those issues at least through 6 p.m. Feb. 11.

Highway conditions can be checked prior to travel on the TxDOT website under the Drive menu.

Gray on roads denote areas in which Texas Department of Transportation discourages travel due to ice and snow on bridges and overpasses, ice on roadways despite patrolling and plowing by TxDOT crews. Snow circles with snowflakes denote areas with ice and snow on bridges and overpasses.

Author: Faith Huffman

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