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Harris County Homeland Security & Emergency Management
News Release
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Winter Weather Update - Icy Conditions on Roadways


What is the danger?

Winter Storm Warning continues in Harris County. Winter conditions may cause icy conditions on roadways. Listen to local officials for any road closures and safety information. Check road conditions before driving. Conditions will worsen throughout the day. Harris County motorists are urged to report icy roadways via the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Motorist Assistance Line: 713-CALL MAP (713-225-5627). 


What you need to do:

OHSEM recommends the following to help you avoid winter weather accidents:

•  Always buckle your seatbelt.

•  Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.

•  Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.

•  Don't use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.

•  Be especially careful on bridges and overpasses.

•  Know your vehicle and how it operates.  Not all cars respond the same to slippery roads.  


Listed below are other smart tips to follow before freezing temperatures set in:

•  Check your tires to make sure the tread is not too worn.

•  Check your car battery.

•  Keep blankets, first-aid kit, flares, jumper cables, flashlight, ice scraper and gloves in your car.

•  Have snacks and water in case you become stranded.

•  Keep the gasoline level as high as possible to prevent water condensation in the tank.

•  Check the automobile's motor oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze, ignition system, lights, heater, cooling system and wipers.  


Where you can learn more:

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