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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
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
Crews will be working
throughout the weekend
as needed to clear
roadways of debris,
ensure traffic runs
smoothly and utilities
Residents can sign up to
receive weather alerts
through CodeRed on the
Media inquiries can be
made to the Public
during this weather
event or at any other
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
“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
Winter driving tips include:
your seat belt, and make sure all passengers—including
children—are buckled up.
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 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.
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.
your car battery before cold weather sets in. Battery
power dips in cold weather.
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.
gasoline level as high as possible to prevent water
condensation in the tank.
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
• 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
• 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
• 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
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!