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Texas Department of Transportation Treats Roads Ahead of Friday Snow

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    TxDOT Treats Roads Ahead of Friday Snow

    Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Ryan LaFontaine joins NBC 5 via phone to discuss road preparation ahead of possible winter weather. (Published Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017)

    Crews with the Texas Department of Transportation began treating roads across the Metroplex Wednesday in anticipation of a chance for snow Friday.

    The system could bring the first snowfall of 2017, particularly in areas north of Dallas/Fort Worth.

    Val Lopez with TxDOT told NBC 5 that trucks were dispatched before 2 p.m. Wednesday to begin treating bridges and overpasses in the Fort Worth district before rush hour.

    Trucks were dispatched in the Dallas district at about 9 p.m. Wednesday, spraying a brine solution on roadways.

    TxDOT Treating Roads Ahead of Friday Snow

    [DFW] TxDOT Treating Roads Ahead of Friday Snow
    Crews with the Texas Department of Transportation began treating roads across the Metroplex Wednesday in anticipation of incoming inclement weather.
    (Published Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017)

    The solution is meant to prevent the roads from freezing and allowing any precipitation to turn into ice, according to a TxDOT spokesperson.

    "And what we like so much about it is that we can put it down up to a week in advance," said Ryan LaFontaine, of the TxDOT Dallas district. "It will stick on the road, traffic won't push it around, the rain won't wash it off.  [That way] we can cover a lot more ground and we can get to work several days ahead of a winter system."

    The latest information from NBC 5's team of Weather Experts forecasts Thursday morning to be mostly cloudy with patchy drizzle possible with a high of 42.

    On Friday, sub-freezing temperatures with a 30 percent chance of snow flurries remains in the forecast.

    Get the latest forecast information from NBC 5's Weather Experts here.

    NBC 5's Kevin Cokely and Ben Russell contributed to this report.