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First responders prep for another icy night, morning

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Saturday was the sixth single most snowfall in one day for Lubbock, but all that snow then turned into an icy mess on the roads.

This made for a busy night for first responders dealing with nearly 100 wrecks. While that ice may have melted away, making it easier for drivers, the city is prepared for another night of hazardous road conditions.

"That water's in the road and so as the temperatures drop later on tonight, we are concerned and we are going to be prepared for that moisture to freeze and create black ice. Which obviously is dangerous for motorists," Wood Franklin, Director of Public Works, said.

Assistant Chief of Police Neal Barron encourages drivers to continue checking for updates on road conditions. Updates can be found on the city's website, including information about barricaded streets and areas to avoid. 

"We just ask that they be aware that the streets, although they may look dry, there's going to be ice on the roads. And some of that ice you can't see because it's in that black ice form," Franklin said.

While clearing neighborhoods and schools is a top priority, Franklin reminds drivers to be aware of the potential threat of ice forming on bridges.

"They're going to see some moisture today and as the temperature drops moisture is going to freeze. And the bridges especially," he said. "They're going to freeze sooner than any other roadways. So we just advise the public to be careful." 

He also urges to keep a safe distance, not only between other drivers, but city vehicles as well. After a number of accidents following Saturday evening's refreeze, the city is working to improve winter road conditions for the future.

"As far as using our resources, this is very good exercise and good for our staff so that next time when something happens we will take lessons learned and we will continue. So hopefully we'll get better every time," Franklin said.

Trucks will be out before morning traffic, salting roadways and melting any snow leftover, making safer conditions for work and school commutes.

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