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Updated 2/10/14


Winter Weather Closings

Due to ICY Conditions School will not start until 10am Tomorrow, Wednesday, February the 12th. If there are any further changes we will make another all call to parents and post on the schools website and Facebook page.


For immediate release: TEXARKANA, TX-- The Valentine's Day social scheduled for tonight at the Collins Senior Center has been cancelled due to winter weather conditions. Also, the Southwest Center closed at 5 p.m. today and will remain closed this evening. Please stay off the roads if possible and use extreme caution of travel is necessary. For more information contact Public Information Officer, Lisa Thompson at lisa.thompson@txkusa.org or (903) 244-5591.


The Texarkana, AR School District said the El Dorado games scheduled today at Arkansas High have been cancelled

2/10 All El Dorado games scheduled for today, 2/10/14, are cancelled.

The following are RESCHEDULED:

2/12 Lake Hamilton @ Lake Hamilton VG & VB 6:00 P.M.

2/27 Pine Bluff @ AHS VG & VB 5:00 P.M.

 


School Closings:

Clarksville ISD to start 2 hours late

 



Church Closings


Government Offices Closed

 
Road Closings:

Here are numbers for road closure information in the Ark Latex:

Louisiana: 1-800-469-4828, www.lsp.org, dial 511 or www.511LA.org.

Texas: 1-800-452-9292 or www.dot.state.tx.us

Arkansas: 1-501-569-2374 or 1-800-245-1672 or www.arkansashighways.com

Oklahoma: 1-888-425-2385 or 1-405-425-2385 or Here are numbers for road closure information in the Ark Latex: www.dps.state.ok.us

TEXARKANA, TEX- The City of Texarkana is preparing for the impending threat of winter weather Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Residents are encouraged to monitor local weather reports, sign up for Code Red weather alerts through the city website, and stay informed on road conditions and closures.

“The best advice we can give everyone in the event of ice accumulation is to stay at home,” Fire Chief Eric Schlotter said. “Our major threats will be icy roadways, especially on bridges, possible power outages or downed trees. Please stay safe and stay off the roads if possible.”

City officials met with emergency coordinators Thursday morning to finalize plans for the 72 hour weather event forecasted for the Texarkana area. The Texarkana, Texas police and fire departments, public works department, and Texarkana Water Utilities will work with other area agencies to combine resources in the case of a major weather event.

Crews will be working throughout the weekend as needed to clear roadways of debris, ensure traffic runs smoothly and utilities are intact.

Residents can sign up to receive weather alerts through CodeRed on the City’s websitewww.ci.texarkana.tx.us.

Media inquiries can be made to the Public Information Office during this weather event or at any other time necessary.


Winter Weather Driving Tips

Treacherous winter conditions can make travel along Texas roads a dangerous proposition. The Texas Department of Public Safety urges motorists to pay attention to changing weather conditions and prepare for the winter driving season.

“We urge motorists to use extreme caution when driving under winter weather conditions. Slow down,” said Col. Stan Clark, interim director of DPS. “Wear your seatbelts and drive carefully. When it’s snowy or icy, it’s always best to avoid travel if at all possible.”

Stranded motorists can call the DPS helpline at 1-800-525-5555 for assistance from a DPS trooper or appropriate emergency service. Customers of participating wireless companies--ALLTEL, Nextel and Verizon Wireless--can dial *DPS (*377) free of airtime charges anywhere in Texas.

For current road conditions, it’s best to watch your local news reports, or check the Texas Department of Public Transportation’s website at http://www.dot.state.tx.us/travel/road_conditions.htm.

Winter driving tips include:

  • Wear your seat belt, and make sure all passengers—including children—are buckled up.

  • Remember that ice forms first on bridges, overpasses and shady areas. If you hit a patch of ice, stay off your brakes and decelerate slowly, holding the car steady as you go over the ice.

  • Speed is the main problem with driving on ice. Adjust your speed to fit the weather conditions. Keep a safe distance from the car in front of you.

  • If your car goes into a skid, take your foot off the gas pedal but don’t hit the brake. Steer gently in the direction you want the front of the car to go. As the car straightens out, you will be able to regain traction and control.

  • Check your car battery before cold weather sets in. Battery power dips in cold weather.

  • Keep blankets, a first-aid kit, flares, jumper cables, tire chains, a flashlight, ice scraper and gloves in your car. Take a food supply of candy bars or dried fruit in case you become stranded.

  • Keep the gasoline level as high as possible to prevent water condensation in the tank.

  • Check the automobile’s motor oil, transmission fluid, ignition system, lights, heater, cooling system and wipers.


Tips on preparing for a winter storm


• Bring any outdoor furniture inside (unless it is extremely durable). You can store it in your garage, basement or storage shed

• Remove any outdoor items that can be blown around by the wind and may possibly damage your house.

• Consider whether any dead trees might be a hazard to your house if they were to fall. You may want to have them removed by a professional tree service.

• Make sure that you have flashlights, with extra batteries, and candles to provide light during a power failure.

• Keep some extra bottles of drinking water on hand. If you have a well with an electric pump (and will thus lose all water during a power failure), prepare some tubs of water for cleaning and toilet flushing. You may want to fill the bathtub when a storm is coming.

• Have a battery-operated radio in the house.

• Stock up on rock salt and sand for dealing with icy and slippery driveways and sidewalks.

• Make sure that you have good snow shovels ready.

• Arrange in advance for snow-plowing service - it is very difficult to book a snow-plowing service the day after a big snowstorm.

• Keep a space heater and fuel in the garage if you live in a particularly cold area - especially if you have electrical heat in the house.

• Keep food in the house that you can prepare without electricity. Note that your needs will vary depending on the type of appliances you have (gas or electric).
 


Preparing your vehicle for wintery weather

• Check your antifreeze
Your antifreeze (the juice that goes in your radiator) is an essential part of your car's winter protection. Your car contains a 50/50 mix of water and antifreeze. Make sure the level is full and the mixture is close to 50/50. Many service stations and repair centers will check this mixture free, or you can buy a tester for around $5. You did remember to perform a radiator flush last spring, didn't you?

• Inspect your tires
The last line of defense between you and an oak tree are your tires. Winter is not the time to get cheap about your tires, so take the time to check the tread depth. The National Highway Transportation Safety Board says you need at least 2/32" of depth to be safe. It's been my experience, especially in winter weather, that anything less than 4/32" (1/8") be replaced soon. The old penny test is as reliable as anything to find out whether your treads are ready for winter action. Also, be sure to check your tire pressure. Believe it or not, they lose a little pressure when it gets cold, so pump 'em up.

• Replace your wipers
Wipers? What do your windshield wipers have to do with winter weather? Two things. First, anything falling from the sky is going to end up on your windshield, and unless you have a team of beavers riding on the hood of your car the task of clearing it falls on your wipers. Second, in areas that see snowfall in the winter, you're also driving through that soupy muck that's left on the road once the highway department does their thing. This muck includes a lot of sand and salt, both of which end up on your windshield. It takes wipers that are in top shape to keep your windshield clean and safe.

• Check your windshield washer fluid
You'll be using lots of washer fluid as you try to keep your windshield sparkly. A mile stuck behind an 18-wheeler will have your windshield looking like a Desert Humvee if you're low on washer fluid. *Tip: Don't fill your washer fluid reservoir with anything except washer fluid, it won't freeze!
Annual Maintenance Procedures
On top of the checks you need to perform to ensure safe winter driving, now's a good time to do some annual maintenance. These aren't necessarily specific to winter driving, but it's a good point on the calendar to get around to doing this stuff.

• Clean your battery posts
Starting problems are a bummer any time of year. Regularly treating your battery to a cleaning can keep electrical gremlins at bay.

• Inspect your spark plug wires
Cracked up plug wires affect performance, gas mileage and general reliability. Be sure yours are in top shape.

• Inspect your brakes
Brakes are not a good area to cut corners. Be sure your brakes have enough meat left to get you through the season.

• Check Your Engine Oil
This should go without saying and should be done at least monthly. But in case you're an amnesiac ... you should also do an oil change!

 

 
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