Sleet, graupel causes hazardous, icy road conditions

Williamson, northern Travis counties most affected

February 08, 2019 - 9:31 pm

AUSTIN (KJCE) -- Waves of sleet and graupel passing through the area Friday afternoon and evening are continuing to cause some slick road conditions, even on Saturday morning, according to officials.

Parts of Central Texas were under two Winter Weather Advisories - the first issued early Friday afternoon, and another issued late Friday evening that stretched into Saturday morning. Both of those advisories have long since expired, but conditions remain hazardous - especially in portions of Williamson County.

Saturday morning, Round Rock police say a pileup involving at least 10 vehicles just after 6 a.m. closed State Highway 45 westbound just east of Interstate 35. TxDOT crews treated the road surface and the lanes have since re-opened to traffic.

Williamson County Sheriff's deputies worked several collisions Friday afternoon and evening, including a 10-car pileup on Highway 195 near Florence Friday night. Two people were transported to a nearby hospital with critical, life-threatening injuries.

Earlier Friday afternoon, Sheriff Robert Chody tweeting out a photo from near the intersection of Highway 95 and Highway 29 in the northeast portion of the county just after 1:45 p.m.

TxDOT said its crews were working to treat bridges on major roadways throughout the area ahead of the Friday evening rush. Just before 3 p.m., a crash on northbound Interstate 35 at McNeil Road closed the northbound lanes; officials re-opened all but one lane before 3:30 p.m.

Temperatures are expected to reach into the lower 40s Saturday, melting away any lingering precipitation. Periods of light rain will continue through Tuesday when a weak cold front moves through the area.

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