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On Wednesday, Feb. 10, drivers in Lubbock were seemingly not prepared for winter weather to wreak havoc on early morning commutes.

What began as a fog advisory slowly morphed into something much more dangerous on Wednesday. At 6:30 a.m., the National Weather Service had put out a notice that a Freezing Fog Advisory would be in effect until 10 a.m. for parts of the South Plains, as well as the Panhandle, Permian Basin, and the Big Country.

Drivers could initially expect visibility in some areas to be reduced to one quarter mile or less. The warning also hinted at the potential for patches of black ice to form on overpasses.

By 8 a.m., however, a Winter Weather Advisory had also been issued for much of West Texas and North Texas and is currently set to expire at 3 p.m. Drivers in Lubbock can expect patches of ice to form on roadways, creating dangerous road conditions, especially on Loop 289, the Marsha Sharp Freeway, and Interstate-27.

KAMC News reports that by 7 a.m., first responders had already been called to 10 separate accidents caused by winter conditions, including a serious accident on North Loop 289 and University Avenue, the details of which are still unclear. Lubbock Police have since closed both the east and westbound lanes between I-27 and University Avenue.

Another news outlet reports there have been more than 25 accidents caused by winter road conditions, many of which took place on Loop 289 and the Marsha Sharp Freeway. There are also reports of a 9-vehicle pile up at 1st Street and Q Drive, and a 7-vehicle accident at another location.


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