City Prepares in Advance of Snowfall

Posted on Feb 11, 2013

Amarillo, TX – The Amarillo/Potter/Randall Office of Emergency Management continues to monitor the latest snow storm predictions and, as of this morning, the National Weather Service in Amarillo had issued a Winter Storm Watch in effect from midnight to midnight on Tuesday. It is expected that the Amarillo area will likely be upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning. As a result, City crews are making the necessary precautions.

Crews have been working hard all morning loading and testing equipment to ensure it is ready to go once the snow falls. An adequate supply of sand and salt is ready as well.

“We continue to monitor the situation and have a crew scheduled to come in at midnight,” says Chris Mitchell, street superintendent. “As the snow starts to fall, our crews will be prepared to pour sand and salt at every signalized intersection along the City’s main arterial streets.”

Mitchell adds that if snow drifts accumulate in the City’s outlying areas, particularly around the hospitals, motor graders equipped with blades are ready to tackle the problem areas. Plus, if accumulations exceed 3 inches or more, the City has five teams including motor graders, plows and spreaders ready to clear designated areas as needed.

“Between the crews on the road and support staff, City employees will be working around the clock until the storm passes to ensure our roads are as clear as possible for travel,” Mitchell says.

The current forecast for the Amarillo area has snow starting around 4 a.m. Tuesday with total accumulations near 6 inches expected. Winds will be out of the east at 15-20 miles per hour and they could gust up to 25 miles per hour by late morning into the afternoon. Those gusts could cause blowing snow and drifting issues and motorists are encouraged to drive with caution. Forecasters currently expect the snow to taper off by 6 p.m. tomorrow.


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