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DPS urges preparations for severe winter weather


Law enforcement administrators with the Texas Department of Public Safety urge Texans to be prepared for winter weather conditions across parts of Texas.
An arctic cold front moved through parts of Texas last week and others will sweep across areas of the state in the coming months.
"As these fast-approaching arctic storms settle over Texas, drivers may encounter freezing rain or sleet that could significantly impact road conditions," said DPS Director Steven McCraw. "With the upcoming holidays, many travelers may be traveling and DPS urges individuals to take extra precautions to account for winter precipitation, along with increased holiday traffic."
DPS offers the following tips for staying safe during adverse weather events:
• Monitor local weather broadcasts and follow up-to-the-minute weather conditions, at http://www.weather.gov/.
• On icy roads, drive slowly and increase distance required for stopping.
• Watch for downed trees and power lines across roads. If power is out, treat all intersections as four-way stops.
• Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained before any trip.
• Keep gas tanks full.
In addition, emergency supplies drivers should keep in their vehicles include blankets or sleeping bags, extra clothing, mittens and hat, cell phone, radio, flashlight, extra batteries, first-aid kit, pocket knife, high calorie, non-perishable food, bottled water, sack of sand or cat litter for de-icing roadway, windshield scraper, tool kit, booster cables, tow rope and shovel.
For additional information regarding winter weather preparedness, visit http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/threatawareness/winterStormPlanning.htm.