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LIVE ON EAST TEXAS NOW: Weather conditions, closures across East Texas

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EAST TEXAS (KLTV) -

EAST TEXAS (KLTV/KTRE) - Roads across East Texas and Deep East Texas are icy due to snowfall overnight.

Freezing temperatures are expected to remain below freezing through mid-afternoon Wednesday. Police departments are urging drivers to stay home and off the roads.

The Texas Department of Transportation is reporting a massive wreck on U.S. Highway 59 near Burke that involved about 20 vehicles.

"Prepare for major delays in the area," said Rhonda Oaks, a TxDOT spokeswoman. "Roads are frozen in the area. Drive to condition if you must be on the roadways. Travel is discouraged."

SCHOOL AND OTHER CLOSURES

Many schools across the area closed due to road conditions. See a list of school closings here. Mobile app users, tap "school closings" in your app menu to view.

See a list of sporting events that have been canceled or rescheduled here.

We're covering today's weather and road conditions live on East Texas Now. You can watch live all day long on www.kltv.com/live or www.ktre.com/live, on the KLTV and KTRE mobile news apps or on a Roku device! Just download the FREE KLTV or KTRE Roku app.

ROAD CONDITIONS

Here's a look at traffic conditions across the area:

  • Angelina County: US-59 near the Angelina River Bridge - Earlier wrecks have cleared. All lanes reopened. 
  • U.S. 69 between Corrigan and Diboll - Overturned 18-wheeler blocking traffic.
  • Several slick spots reported on SL 287 in Lufkin. Several minor wrecks reported.
  • Highway 59 South ramps to Loop 287 have been re-opened.
  • Cherokee County: Highway 69, south of Rusk - several wrecks reported.
  • Smith County: Loop 323 eastbound from Copeland to Paluxy - temporarily shut down. Major Tyler roads with icy conditions: Paluxy and S Loop 323, Glenwood Street south of Houston, 110 Troup Highway at Golden Road, Beckham at Dawson, Highway 271 between N. Loop 323 and Highway 155 N. 
  • Heavy traffic congestion is reported on U.S. Highway 271 northbound between N. Loop 323 and State Highway 155 and 69 Mineola Highway at Black Fork Creek. Tyler police are discouraging travel.
  • According to DPS, Troopers are currently assisting TxDOT trucks that are sanding IH-20 westbound at the 557 and 556-mile markers.  Eastbound from the 559-561 mile marker traffic is moving, but slowly.  Motorist should continue to avoid the area. At mile marker 550 both east and westbound traffic is experiencing difficulty in gaining traction.
  • Interstate 20 is not officially shut down in Smith County, but traffic is at a standstill with no signs of improvement at this time. 
  • State Highway 64 west of the Lake Tyler Bridge in Chapel Hill--18-wheeler blocking the roadway.
  • I-30 Corridor: Texarkana DPS reporting several wrecks on I-30, between Titus County and Texarkana. Icy conditions being reported.
  • Anderson County: Highway 287 shut down at Houston/Anderson county line due to an 18 wheeler wreck
  • Gregg County: TX-42 north of the Sabine River Bridge very icy. Motorists not able to make it up the hill. Gregg County Sheriff's Department urging motorists to avoid the area.
  • The Kilgore Police Department is reporting that city's side streets are getting worse because city crews can only sand major intersections and main travel routes.After people drove on the snow, it turned to ice. KPD is urging people to stay off the roads if at all possible.
  • I-20 westbound shut down between Estes Parkway and FM 2087 due to icy conditions.
  • I-20 westbound closed at mile marker 591 (FM 2087). 18-wheelers stuck in icy conditions. Exit off before mile marker 591 and reroute to mile marker 595 to avoid the trouble spot. Several slide-offs reported.
  • Titus County: Ice on bridges and patches of ice reported on SH 19, US 287, SH 94, FM 1280 and FM 356.

Emergency agencies are urging motorists to stay off the roads today. Conditions are extremely hazardous Tuesday morning and with temperature not getting about freezing today, road conditions will most likely not improve until much later.

This list will continue to update as new notices are issued.

Road conditions and traffic updates available on Facebook.com/txdot or Twitter/TxDOTTyler. For more information call (903) 510-9267. See TxDOT current highway conditions here.

CITY AND COUNTY SERVICES

  • Meals on Wheels Ministry, serving clients in Henderson, Gregg, Smith, Van Zandt, Upshur and Wood Counties is also closed due to unsafe road conditions.
  • GoBus will not run today in East Texas counties.
  • The Tyler Pounds Regional Airport is currently closed. Crews are treating runways with deicing agents, according to Jenny Wells with the City of Tyler.
  • Longview Transit is closed. Will start at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.
  • Many City of Longview offices and services are closed. Emergency services including Police, Fire, and Public Works will continue to work.
  • Jacksonville city offices closed today.
  • Boys and Girls Club of Deep East Texas has canceled all activites for Tuesday.

SAFETY TIPS

Check out the Texas Department of Public Safety's Winter Guide for Safe Travel below.

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