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News Release

December 4, 2013

DPS Urges Texans to Prepare for Winter Storm

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is encouraging Texans to prepare for an arctic cold front expected to impact parts of Texas during the next few days, including the weekend. Forecasts indicate the possibility of ice accumulation of up to half an inch in portions of Texas. With the accumulation of ice on trees and electrical lines, power outages could be possible and driving conditions could be extremely hazardous. 

“As this winter storm moves into Texas, drivers may encounter freezing rain or sleet that could create extremely dangerous driving conditions,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “We are urging drivers use extra caution in places where winter precipitation or ice are expected, and to monitor the changing weather conditions in their area.”

In preparation for this winter storm, the governor has activated the Texas Military Forces, including two teams, each consisting of 10 vehicles and 27 personnel, which will pre-deploy to staging locations in Wichita Falls and Sherman on Thursday. Several other state agencies are making preparation to respond to this event, including the Texas Public Utility Commission, the Texas Department of Transportation, and the Texas Department of State Health Services.

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

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:

For additional information regarding winter weather preparedness, visit: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/threatawareness/winterStormPlanning.htm

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