This Wednesday,November 18, is designated as Winter Weather Awareness Day in West Central Texas.
Hector Guerrero, National Weather Service, will discuss how El Nino will impact our upcoming winter in West Central Texas. To help you prepare for El Nino’s Winter, representatives from San Angelo and Tom Green County Emergency Management, San Angelo Police Department, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Division of Emergency Management and Shannon hospital want to keep you safe on the road, at work and at home. Now is the time to prepare for adverse winter weather.

Last year was a deadly winter in West Texas! Several motorists lost their lives on icy bridges. It only takes a small amount of ice on bridges or roads to force your vehicle to go out of control. The Texas Department of Public Safety urges motorists to slow down to the conditions of the roadway. Motorists should not assume the speed limit is the safe speed. For road conditions, please go to the Texas Department of Transportation’s website www.drivetexas.org or call 1-800-452-9292. Good winter weather safety tips are also included on the following page.

Have a good plan of action when it comes to winter weather:

1) Have more than one way to receive NWS Winter Weather Watches and Warnings and have a plan of action

2) Prepare your vehicle and monitor temperatures and visibilities

3) Drive according to the condition of the highway

4) Practice safe fire prevention

5) Assemble a disaster kit

Information on winter weather safety can be also found at the following links:

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/sjt/?n=winter

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/winter

http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/ThreatAwareness/winterstorm.htm