Crews prepared for winter storm - FOX34 Lubbock

Crews prepared for winter storm

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"This is the first winter weather storm this season, where our crews have mounted snow plows, so we're ready to get out there and clear roads of snow if we need to," TxDOT representative Dianah Ascencio said.

City and State crews have been getting ready for this winter storm days in advance.

TxDOT crews have been treating major roadways like the 289 loop, Marsha Sharp Freeway and I-27 since Monday.

Drivers are being asked to do their part, when roadway conditions worsen.

"[I] really would encourage drivers to stay off the roads as much as possible, obviously that's not always the case. But make sure you're giving yourself extra time for travel, keep more distance between you and other cars around you, slow down, don't drive distracted, put your phone down, don't mess with your radio a whole lot and just focus on the road," LPD Public Information Officer Allison Matherly said.

"I think the best thing people can do is be informed, know what weather is doing not only where you are but know what's forecasted on your trip, your route and at your destination," Ascencio said.

Throughout the storm, key players from all city departments will be posted at the Emergency Operations Center until Wednesday afternoon, when the winter storm warning expires.

"In an emergency, a lot of things happen extremely quickly, and when you can have all the decision makers in one room, or in one building to come together, make that decision, activate that's extremely valuable," Matherly said.

Authorities activated a level 3 or "increased readiness" EOC Tuesday afternoon in response to the incoming winter storm.

"So what could change it, we could get a lot more snow than is predicted, it could go on for a lot longer than we predicted and we would need additional resources so additional personnel could come into this building," Deputy Chief of LFR Rob Keinast said.

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