No snow, but ice makes Houston roads treacherous
UPDATE at Noon: Most freeways are open and officials report the road to Bush Intercontinental Airport is open and traffic is running smoothly. Toll roads remain closed. Officials continue to caution motorists to stay off the roads if possible.
Houstonians woke up Friday morning to little or no snow, but lots of ice, which made freeways nearly impassable.
Predictions of up to three inches of snow did not occur, but a thick sheet of ice covered most roads, resulting in hundreds of wrecks. A 10-car pileup at Highway 290 and HIghway 6 early this morning was reported.
All METRO Park and Ride locations are closed this morning. Buses and the light rail are running, but service is slow. All toll roads are closed. With an expected freeze tonight, the Hardy, Westpark and Sam Houston toll roads are closed until Saturday.
Officials cautioned residents to stay home if possible because the treacherous roads make travel virtually impossible.
The MFAH, which remained open during its normal hours Thursday night while many closed, has decided to close Friday, although activities surrounding the 10th anniversary celebration of the Latin American art department will go on as scheduled. The screening of Texas Legends Before They Were Legends at the MFAH Brown Auditorium Friday night is canceled.
The University of Houston Moores School of Music has postponed tonight's "Love and Passion" black-tie gala that was to have taken place a the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. It will be rescheduled.
Transtar maintains a list of icy roads and accidents. Close to noon, most of the interstate freeway system has been opened, although officials continue to caution motorists to stay off the roads if possible.
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