The Texas Department of Transportation crews have been working throughout the weekend across the Amarillo District’s 17 counties ahead of the expected snow.
The National Weather Service in Amarillo is expecting another chance for accumulating snow overnight.
Significant accumulation is expected across the northern portion of the Texas panhandle.
NWS forecasters say additional fresh snowfall may provide slick roadways impacting the Monday morning commute.
TxDOT crews have been patrolling roadways and sanding bridges, overpasses, intersections and known trouble spots around the area.
The TxDOT crews’ efforts will continue into the night and Monday morning as necessary.
Motorists are reminded to give crews plenty of room to operate and to slow down when approaching the crews. Motorists are also reminded that winter weather can change unexpectedly so delay your travel, if possible.
TxDOT’s response to snow and ice is prioritized, with high-volume roadways like interstates and state highways getting attention first. In more rural areas, crews concentrate on clearing Farm-to-Market roads connecting smaller communities with major highways and allows first responders, as well as utility companies, to react to emergencies.
TxDOT’s Amarillo District also communicates constantly with city and county officials during weather events to ensure state roadways in their areas are being managed.
Other tips to keep in mind if traveling in winter conditions cannot be avoided:
- Slow down. Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions, not winter road conditions.
- The best way to avoid skidding on ice is to slow down – decelerate around turns, avoid slamming on the brakes, or simply stay a few miles an hour under the speed limit – decreasing speed decreases your chances of losing control.
- Maintain at least three times the normal following distance in snow or icy conditions.
- Watch carefully for snow removal equipment and stay at least 200 feet behind snow plows.
- Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses and shaded areas as they tend to freeze first.