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TxDOT: Weekend cold snap to bring bad road conditions

By: Ruben Veloz

EL PASO, Texas--If you plan on hitting the road this weekend, be extra careful because it could get very dangerous.

TxDOT says preparations are underway to make the roads safe, but that may not be enough for the weather that's going to hit this weekend.

"No matter what we do we can't cover every road in the area completely," said El Paso TxDOT engineer Bob Bieelek.

Bieelek is warning drivers to stay home this weekend as crews get ready for this weekend's storm.

"We're pre-positioning a lot of our equipment trying to get it out to the Guadalupes and done in the area of Van Horn and Alpine," said Bieelek.

The cold front will pass through the borderland Friday morning and bring a lot of cold wind, and even rain Saturday into Monday.

Meteorologists say snow is also possible in some of the low-lying areas of El Paso.

"Whatever comes will come, and it's a good possibility that it will be ice, and it could be black ice,"said Bieeliek.

West El Pasoan Crystal Bales told KFOX14 she's ready for the storm.

"Unfortunately I work all weekend so I just kind of have to leave earlier and make sure that my route you know, that there aren't any accidents and try to get to work as safely as possible,said Bales.

TxDOT will pre-treat several roads with salt and cinder mix, to keep black ice from forming on the freeways.

That includes concrete bridges, and overpasses which freeze a lot faster than asphalt.

Despite the warnings, west El Paso resident Muhammad Karboji thinks many people will get caught off guard.

"I wasn't really preparing for it to get this cold so I kind of under-dressed," said Karboji.

Meteorologists say highs will be in the 40s with wind gusts of up to 30-50 miles an hour over the weekend.

TxDOT warns people to be careful on the road if they have to be driving.

"If you don't have to go anywhere, stay home this weekend, enjoy football whatever it is you enjoy doing," said Bieelek.

TxDOT says to use extra caution on bridges, ramps, and overpasses because they do freeze first.

That includes shaded areas of the road.

If you do have to be on the road, remember to drive slow and keep a safe distance between you and the other car to allow yourself some time to break without skidding.

 

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