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
"At this point we're urging people to use extreme caution,"
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
- By Reed Black, staff