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Winter weather creates icy, slick roads

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Drivers had to contend with slippery and dangerous roads across Central Texas as a winter storm left ice on many of the roadways.

Officials responded to numerous accidents across the area. On Thursday night as many as 20 vehicles were involved in a multi-vehicle pile-up on 183 near Spicewood Springs. Traffic was at a standstill for about 30 minutes before police finally started letting drivers past the scene.

Kelli Reyna of the Texas Department said the key to driving in ice is to slow down.

"When you're dealing with ice and snow weather type conditions, I would recommend 30 miles per hour," Reyna said. "It is an extremely slow speed but if it gets you to your destination safely, it's worth it."

Since Thursday night, the Austin Police Department has responded to 250 traffic accidents. Hundreds of cars got stuck on an incline this morning on Hwy 360 and 2244. After about 45 minutes of being stranded, TxDOT crews arrived on the scene and treated the roads with a substance to provide traction for the vehicles.

TxDOT recommends that if conditions are bad, stay off the roads. If you do drive, slow down and take extra precautions on bridges, shaded areas, overpasses and turns. Those areas tend to ice over first.

For more on road conditions across the state log onto DriveTexas.org.

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