Be prepared for winter weather

National Weather Service issues advisory; road conditions may be hazardous

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the metro area in effect through 9 a.m. Thursday, March 5. There may be some icy overpasses and bridges that could make traveling more difficult. Slick wet roads with possible icing in spots across the Hill Country could also result in hazardous travel conditions. Please use caution this morning as temperatures are still below freezing. The winter precipitation risk will end by mid morning as precipitation moves east and temperatures warm.

If icy conditions materialize, non-essential travel is discouraged. If you must travel, drive slowly and increase your stopping distance. Watch for downed trees and power lines across roads. If power fails, treat all intersections as four-way stops. Monitor broadcast media and NOAA Weather Radio for up to date information before getting on the roads. You can also monitor road conditions by visiting drivetexas.org or calling 1-800-452-9292.

The City encourages residents to stay indoors and protect your pipes, pets and plants. But you should NEVER operate generators and other fuel-powered devices inside a home or an enclosed space, such as a garage. Unsafe practices could result in a build-up of deadly carbon monoxide fumes. The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain and confusion. If anyone in your home experiences these symptoms, step outdoors, ventilate the area and dial 9-1-1.

Report power outages to Oncor here or by sending the text message ‘out’ to 66267 (ONCOR). Turn off electrical appliances that were operating at the time power went off, including your heating system. Leave one light on to alert you when service is restored.

Basic winter emergency supplies

Make sure you have the following basic emergency supplies on hand in preparation for a winter weather event:

  • One-week supply of non-perishable food, one gallon of bottled water per person per day, coolers for food and ice storage
  • Credit cards and cash (banks and ATMs may not have power)
  • Battery-operated radio, NOAA Weather Radio and extra batteries or hand crank radio, cell phones and chargers
  • First-aid kit, seven-day supply of prescription medications, copies of prescriptions, special medical items, hearing aids and batteries, eyeglasses
  • Manual can opener, knife, tools, booster cables, fire extinguisher, duct tape, tarp, rope, flashlight with extra batteries
  • Supplies for babies, the elderly, family members with special health care needs, and food and supplies for pets

Winter weather vehicle safety

When winter storms threaten, always keep your gas tank full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines. Keep the following emergency supplies in your vehicle in case you encounter winter weather on the road:

  • Blankets/sleeping bags and extra clothing, mittens and hat
  • Cell phone, radio, flashlight, extra batteries
  • First-aid kit and pocket knife
  • High calorie, non-perishable food, bottled water
  • Sack of sand or cat litter for de-icing roadway
  • Windshield scraper, tool kit, booster cables, tow rope and shovel

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