The icy aftermath of the winter storm that blew through overnight Thursday was caught on the Texas Department of Transportation's Transguide cameras overlooking major freeways.

The wrecks, stranded vehicles and 18-wheelers inching along seemed to be on the bridges and overpasses that TxDOT crews had spent hours trying to protect.

Laura Lopez, TxDOT spokeswoman, said sand, gravel and a chemical agent were used.

Lopez said even still, come daybreak, "With the temperatures below freezing and the precipitation, those things are out of our control."

She also said due to the number of wrecks, "It was very difficult for our folks to get to those areas."

Lopez also said perhaps the Transguide images will serve as a familiar reminder to the public next time there's icy weather.

She said, "Reduce speed, keep your distance and if at all possible, don't get on the freeways, stay home."

Lopez said by noon on Friday, TxDOT were assessing which bridges, overpasses and interchanges will be re-opening as the temperature creeps above freezing.

She said although some now have traffic, others remain closed due to earlier ice-related wrecks, or any icy conditions that persist.

TxDOT resources

More winter weather safety information can be found at and use the keyword: winter driving.

Statewide road conditions and traffic updates available on TxDot's Facebook page, and local Twitter page.

Road conditions also will be updated frequently on TxDOT's road condition web page.

Motorists also can call TxDOT's toll-free highway condition line at 800-452-9292 for roadway information.

For non-emergency roadside assistance, motorists can call the Texas Department of Public Safety at 800-525-5555.

Images: Aerial view of traffic mess

Published On: Jan 24 2014 08:05:04 AM CST   Updated On: Jan 24 2014 10:40:45 AM CST

Sky 12 flew over the freeways of San Antonio on Friday to discover a traffic mess in the wake of an ice storm.

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