DPS advises Texans to prepare for winter weather

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is
encouraging Texans to prepare for a strong cold front expected to impact parts
of Texas Thursday through Saturday morning. Forecasts indicate the possibility
of sleet and snow accumulation, including as much as two inches in portions of


“DPS is asking drivers to use extra caution on Texas
roadways as an arctic front moves into areas of the state. Drivers may
encounter freezing rain, sleet or snow is some areas, which could create
extremely dangerous driving conditions,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “As
always, Texans should continue to monitor the changing weather conditions in
their area and prepare for any expected hazards.”


In preparation for this winter storm, the State Operations
Center will activate to Level III (increased readiness conditions) on Thursday
evening to monitor and coordinate this weather event. Several state agencies, including Texas Parks
and Wildlife Department, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Military
Forces, are standing by to assist communities before, during and after this
weather event as needed.


DPS offers the following tips for staying safe during this
weather event:

• Avoid
unnecessary travel if possible, monitor local weather broadcasts, and follow
up-to-the-minute weather conditions at http://www.weather.gov/.

• Remember
that ice forms first on bridges, overpasses and shady areas.

• On icy
roads, drive slowly, increase distance needed for stopping, and avoid using
cruise control.

• Make sure
your vehicle is properly maintained before any trip – check fluid and
antifreeze levels.

• Buckle up
everyone in the vehicle – it’s the law.


For more information on road conditions statewide, check
www.drivetexas.org or call 800-452-9292.


In addition, here is a list of emergency supplies drivers
can keep in their vehicle:

• Blankets/sleeping
bags and extra clothing, mittens and hat

• Cell phone,
radio, flashlight, extra batteries

• First-aid
kit and pocket knife

• High-calorie,
nonperishable food, bottled water

• Sack of
sand or cat litter for de-icing roadway

• Windshield
scraper, tool kit, booster cables, tow rope and shovel


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