An overturned semi truck wreaked havoc on Houston's I-10 Katy Freeway during a bout of uncommonly cold weather, causing a hazardous materials spill and stymying first responders on January 15.
The big picture: The incident near FM 359 in Waller County highlighted the difficulties Texas infrastructure faces with icy conditions, prompting road closures and complicating traffic flow.
Yes, but: Despite both sides of the freeway reopening a few hours after the crash, the area is expected to remain perilously cold with the danger of icy bridges and overpasses persisting into Wednesday.
What they're saying: KHOU 11 traffic expert Jennifer Reyna advised drivers to remain cautious and seek alternative routes during the ongoing winter weather conditions.
By the numbers: Houston isn't accustomed to such cold weather, with wind chills potentially hitting as low as 0°-10° through Tuesday morning, significantly raising the risks on the road.
What's next: Local authorities and weather experts continue to monitor conditions closely, as another cold front is projected for the coming weekend. Residents are encouraged to stay informed and prepared.