Weather forecasts calling for the possibility of snow and ice early next week has the Texas Deparatment of Transportation gearing up to pretreat area roadways this weekend while Leander ISD monitors the situation to determine if school schedules could be affected.
A number of meteorologists said on Friday that a cold front bringing the possibility of temperatures in the 20s should arrive Monday afternoon, Jan. 15 and conditions could continue through mid-day Wednesday.
Light rain is expected to accompany the front, creating the potential for a wintry mix — snow, sleet, or freezing rain.
The National Weather Service forecast calls for sleet and freezing rain across most of Central Texas during that time frame, with the best chances for snow on Tuesday.
Leander ISD spokesperson Corey Ryan said on Friday afternoon that the district is monitoring the situation as well to determine what, if any, affects the weather might have on area children returning to school on Tuesday after the Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
"If we get a report of inclement weather, our leadership and safety support teams will work with neighboring officials and the national weather service, and utilize our communications systems if there’s any need to change our instructional day or after school programs," said Ryan. "We expect a regular day, but we will continue to monitor."
TxDOT officials said the organization will begin pretreating Austin area highways starting Sunday morning.
A release issued on Friday said that TxDOT will start pretreating activities on I-35 at 8 a.m. Sunday morning before moving on to other major highways in the region.
"Pretreating dry roads in advance of a storm discourages ice or snow from sticking to the pavement. Work teams and trucks will then be placed on standby to respond to snow and ice situations as the need arises," the TxDOT release said.
TxDOT provided the following tips to help motorists who need to drive during potentially icy conditions:
For real-time roadway conditions, check DriveTexas.org