TxDOT Prepared for Winter Weather This Weekend

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CHILDRESS – TxDOT has pre-treated roadways in the 13 counties that make up the Childress District in advance of the chance for freezing participation this weekend.

Crews have also installed snow plows and spreader boxes on all the dump trucks in the Childress District fleet.

TxDOT takes care of primary roadways first (interstates, U.S. highways, state highways) and will move to secondary roads (farm-to-markets) when the primary roadways are clear.

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures will drop through the day Saturday with wind chill values anywhere from 5 degrees to 15 degrees below zero for most of the Panhandles by Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning. Light snow and patchy blowing snow is possible during the day Saturday. Accumulations will be light with around 1 inch possible across the Oklahoma Panhandle and northern Texas Panhandle. A trace to one-half inch is possible across the south Texas Panhandle.

If winter weather does hit in your area, drivers are urged to follow these precautions:

  • Reduce speed. Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions, not winter road conditions. Do not use cruise control. Drive with your headlights on day or night.
  • Maintain at least three times the normal following distance on snow or ice.
  • Watch carefully for personnel and equipment treating roadways, and stay at least 200 feet back from road crews.
  • Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses and shaded areas as they tend to freeze first.
  • Carry extra warm coats, gloves and boots in case you get stranded.
  • If you start to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes. Steer into the direction you want to go until you feel you have regained traction, and then straighten your vehicle.

The TxDOT Childress District is comprised of the counties of Wheeler, Donley, Collingsworth, Briscoe, Hall, Childress, Hardeman, Motley, Cottle, Foard, Dickens, King and Knox.

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