HARLINGEN, Texas (KVEO)—Cold weather is expected to sweep through the Rio Grande Valley all the way through the weekend and into next week.
Some freezing temperatures with freezing drizzle Sunday night through Monday morning and A HARD FREEZE is possible overnight Monday through Tuesday morning.
Check this map for current road conditions across the Rio Grande Valley:
4:43 p.m. The City of Edinburg announced that intersections without power are to be considered as four-way stops.
1:55 p.m. Traffic crews in McAllen are out placing temporary stop signs at signals where the power is out.
Due to weather, traffic lights are out across the city.
3:26 p.m. Harlingen has re-opened all ramps on I69E.
1:33 p.m. I69E from Ed Carey all the way to Wilson and I69E from Dixieland to Bass Boulevard is closed to all thru traffic until further notice
The following traffic signals in Harlingen are currently out and or have ice on them:
- I69E closed from Ed Carey north all the way to the City Limits(Wilson Road) north & south bound
- I69E closed from Dixieland all the way to Bass Boulevard east & west bound
- Scale House on Harrison closed due to no power
- Trash pick up ongoing but running late
- Brush pick up ongoing but running late
- Loop 499/7th Street-signal out
- Loop 499/25th Street-signal out
- Ed Carey/77 Sunshine Strip-signal out
- Arroyo Bridge on Loop 499/Ed Carey- ice
- Palm Court /Bus 83- signal out
- New Combes Highway/North 77 SS- signal out
- 77 SS/E Harrison-signal out
- Lincoln/frontage-signal out
- Westbound Interchange closed/18 wheeler accident
- Expressway/Primera Road Southbound/vehicle accident
11:46 a.m. McAllen reported the following traffic signals out: Between Jackson Ave and Dallas Ave on 10th St and 23rd St, Bicentennial Boulevard and Jackson Ave, Bicentennial Boulevard and Houston Ave, Main St and Houston Ave, and Main St and Jackson Avenue.
11:11 a.m. The Texas Department of Transportation has closed the expressway I-69E and I-169 in Brownsville due to dangerous and icy roads.
10:16 a.m. A car crash has been reported on Expressway 83 Westbound near the Altas Palmas exit in Harlingen. Authorities ask that you avoid the area.
6:59 a.m. Harlingen police is responding to several accidents on the expressway, including a semi-truck that jackknifed.
The city says they are working to shut down the interchange where the semi-truck incident took place.
6:16 a.m. The Texas Department of Transportation is reporting the following road closures:
Willacy County — US 77 (Conley Rd to Kennedy CL) Ice present and FM 490 from Tamezville Rd East to Pennington Road.
6:05 a.m. Officials say all four connector ramps in Pharr are being closed due to hazardous weather conditions.
Officials say they will continue monitoring the situation and will be re-opened them as conditions improve. They asks that you do not drive if you do not have to.
4:37 a.m. Driver of overturned 18-wheeler is okay. No other vehicles involved; crew is working on removing the 18-wheeler.
3:56 a.m. Update — Roads in Weslaco; 18-wheeler flipped on the Expressway near 1015. No word on if there were injuries at this time.
Harlingen is reporting ice patches along the loop and Breedlove area and eastbound from that location. Adding units are reporting ice on the expressway. Authorities have also responded to a one-vehicle accident on the expressway, Westbound 83.
2 a.m.: Police Units are reporting the Arroyo Bridge by McKelvey Park, at 1500 south 77 Sunshine strip is covered in ice.
1:50 a.m. The National Weather Center has reported the Owassa fly over at 69 C, near Lopezville, is closed due to ice on the road.
TxDOT offers the following tips for driving in winter weather, though the best advice is to stay off the roads:
- Use caution when driving over bridges and overpasses, as temperatures can be colder on elevated surfaces.
- Reduce speed and drive with caution. A vehicle needs more distance to stop on a slick roadway. Do not apply the brakes suddenly and do not use cruise control,so that you can better maintain control if you encounter slippery roads.
- Slow down when approaching emergency or maintenance vehicles, especially when their flashing lights are on. The law requires you to maintain a distance of at least 200 feet when approaching a snowplow, and never pass on the right. Visibility can also be reduced during winter weather conditions.
- Be patient. Your trip time – including short commutes to work –could increase when adverse weather conditions exist. Also, keep to the main roads and avoid taking roads that may not have been plowed.
- Winterize vehicles before traveling during adverse weather. Check fuel, tire conditions, oil, and antifreeze levels. Make sure the heater, brakes, and windshield wipers are working properly.
- Check area weather conditions on radio or television before starting a trip.