Ice, snow continue to cause road problems across the nation

| 1/17/2007

On Monday, snow and ice in western Texas forced the closure of a long stretch of Interstate 10, while scores of other state and U.S. highways throughout the state were also shut down as weather conditions made driving treacherous throughout much of the Longhorn State.

Randall Dillard of the Texas Department of Transportation told "Land Line Now" on XM Satellite Radio that the roads in the area are very dangerous, and urged everyone to stay indoors and avoid traveling if at all possible.

"At this point we're urging people to use extreme caution," he said.

For the most part, the rest of the nation is finally free of wintry precipitation. However, The Associated Press reported that in the aftermath of the storm, at least 54 people are dead in nine states - mainly from traffic accidents.

More than 300,000 utility customers are also still without power.

- By Reed Black, staff writer