DALLAS - The Texas Department of Transportation on Monday treated bridges and overpasses in North Texas ahead of a plunge in temperatures that could include a rain/snow mix for some on Tuesday.
A cold front moved through Monday afternoon and the temperature overnight will fall from the 40s into the 30s with some rain in the forecast. On Tuesday morning, that rain could turn into a rain/snow mix with possibly brief periods of snow in some areas.
Surface temperatures should still be above freezing at that time so road issues aren’t anticipated. TxDOT said it is only treating the elevated surfaces since the weather has been warm. Trucks sprayed a water and salt mixture called brine, which should reduce the possibility of dangerous conditions.
Bundled-up volunteers made their way to the Southlake town square to help out with Toys for Tots.
Over in Arlington, vendors at Texas Christkindl Market expecting the dip in temperature to mean a dip in Monday’s sales. But Ken Whiston with Sister Cities of Arlington came prepared to stay open late.
“We have a heater in here that keeps us warm so we’re set,” Whiston said.
TxDOT crews are paying close attention to bridges and overpasses on the highways… which tend to freeze first.
“The reason we’re focusing on those is they’re not insulated by the ground,” said Val Lopez with TxDOT. “Today is a relatively warm day. It’ll keep the main roads warm. However, those bridges and overpasses are exposed to cold air from all sides.”
Homeless shelters across the metroplex are on standby and ready to open if the cold and rainy weather overnight becomes too unbearable.
OurCalling in Dallas opened up on Monday evening as a hub to connect the homeless with various services.
Fort Worth ISD is also keeping an eye on conditions. Campus administrators are planning to allow students inside of the classrooms early on Tuesday morning.
TxDOT said it will monitor the forecast and conditions. The agency said it’s ready to add sand in addition to the brine in the event ice somehow accumulates on the roadways overnight.