The Dallas area is bracing for another severe dip in temperatures in what has become quite the roller coaster when it comes to weather this winter. With lows predicted to be below freezing in the coming days, it is expected that roads across North Texas may see freezes. We highlighted this phenomenon a few weeks ago as the first days of 2014 were frigid.
The timing of the latest storm comes with the threat of precipitation, which adds another threat to what are already treacherous roads. The moisture that comes from morning dew and exhaust from cars can freeze quickly and create what is known as black ice.
Unlike cities like Chicago and Minneapolis, Dallas does not have the same army of snowplow trucks that treat roads with salt and sand. Because of this, severe delays are expected on Dallas area roads, as the specter of black ice leads drivers to slow down.
Despite the extra time it would take to reach one’s destination, slowing down might be the best thing for commuters. After all, drivers have a duty to use reasonable care behind the wheel and to adjust to challenging conditions, and reducing speed is probably the easiest thing drivers can do to adhere to this duty and avoid accidents.
The low temperature for tonight is expected to be 19 degrees, and the high for tomorrow is expected to be 46 degrees. After which, warmer temperatures are expected for the rest of the week. In the meantime, slowing down and being wary of slippery conditions are good ways to avoid crashes.
Source: ABC News.com, “Southerners warned of icy mess in days ahead,” January 28, 2014