TxDOT to salt roads to prep for snowy weather
EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14) —
The Borderland is under a winter weather advisory, and those traveling for the holidays may be getting caught in the worst of the wet and possibly frozen road conditions.
Flurries are falling, and starting at 9 p.m. Friday, TxDOT said they’ve put out crews on roads to start managing possible slick conditions.
Wet roads mixed with dropping temperatures makes for dangerous driving conditions. This is especially true if you're traveling far for the holidays.
"My family drove to San Diego today — two carloads of them,” said El Pasoan Rod Sterling. "They had to go through Dimming, and it was a bunch of snow up there. When they got toward Tucson, it was all cleared up."
Not all braved snowy roads similar to what we've seen in New Mexico, like Sterling's family, but snow flurries when driving here in the Borderland are enough to make some El Pasoans uneasy.
"It's been horrible,” said Jessica Sifuentes. "I just don't like driving in cold weather. I'm a typical El Pasoan, I get scared of it."
"Slippery road conditions, some people tend to brake really quickly right in front of me, and it makes me a little bit nervous,” said Linda Raulston.
TxDOT said it prepped roads on Thursday morning, anticipating winter weather, and has two 12-hour shift crews ready to tackle what's coming their way tonight.
"They'll be able to put out the sand and salt solutions if there's dangerous spots,” said TxDOT spokesperson Jennifer Wright.
Wright says it's important to understand TxDOT is only responsible for state highways.
"So basically, we're doing I-10 from the state line, and we go as far as Sierra Blanca,” said Wright.
She said if you don't have to get out and drive, don’t.
Sifuentes said she won’t be out on the roads as long as wintery conditions last.
"Stay home, I like to stay at home,” said Sifuentes.
While El Paso isn't used to seeing extreme weather conditions like snow, TxDOT is prepared with sand and salt. However, they said they will focus on main roadways, bridges and overpasses -- especially Transmountain.
The goal is to prevent ice from forming on the streets.