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Road preparations underway for messy Thanksgiving forecast

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Thanksgiving week includes the busiest travel days of the year, and AAA predicts 2019 will have the most travelers on the roads since 2005.

This year's holiday is shaping up to be a messy one across the nation, not excluding the Texas panhandle. Cooler temperatures and freezing rain could create slick roads on Thanksgiving morning. 

"Ice and freezing rain on the roadway create some of the most hazardous conditions... simply because it just takes a thin layer of ice to create a slick surface,"  Dianah Ascencio, the Public Information Officer for TxDOT, said. 

TxDOT is ready for anything mother nature may have in store. 

"Crews have been preparing their vehicles, loading their salt spreaders with granular magni-chloride. They're ready to respond to any kind of wintry weather that we might get here in the next couple of days," Ascencio said. 

TxDOT uses a brine solution to help pre-treat critical roadways, including bridges and overpasses, which tend to freeze over first. 

 "That basically assists us, with helping to prevent any kind of ice from bonding or forming on the roadway," Ascencio said. "That hopefully gets us ahead of the game when we do get wintry weather."

It's important for drivers to be prepared, by checking roadway conditions before heading out onto the road. Using these online resources can help drivers better plan ahead. 

"Nothing is 100-percent, so that's why we always tell motorists to drive to conditions when we have inclement weather, slow down give themselves that extra time to get to their destination and increase their following distance. So,  in case something does happen, they have enough time to react and slow down," Ascencio added. 

Drivers are also advised to keep an emergency kit inside their car at all times. It should include things like blankets, batteries, non-perishable food, and water.

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