ODESSA, Texas (Nexstar) – Some very cold conditions are creeping into the Permian Basin this week.
Frigid temperatures and the possibility of precipitation is a recipe for a dangerous situation as we move through the week.
High temperatures are projected to be in the 40s until Friday and on Saturday the high is expected to be in the 30s. However, lows will drop into the 20s on each of those days, which is below the freezing mark.
Sunday and Monday of next week is where conditions get more dangerous. The high for Sunday is only expected to reach into the teens. Monday is expected to warm up slightly but will still be very cold.
Crews with the Texas Department of Transportation are already preparing for the conditions ahead and have started to brine roads in the area. Although roads are being treated, TxDOT is urging residents to avoid traveling if possible.
TxDOT says additional road treatments will happen if conditions warrant it.
The City of Odessa is also teaming up with the Salvation Army to open a warming shelter for those in need. The shelter will open Thursday night and will stay open through Tuesday morning.
On Tuesday we will see a break from the cold as temperatures rise back into the high 40s to low 50s.
Here are some tips to keep you safe and warm this week:
- Be sure to check your pipes and drip your faucets to prevent freezing.
- Bring your pets and plants indoors this week and people should stay indoors whenever possible.
- Insulate exposed waterlines.
- Check for air leaks around doors and windows.
- Clear all snow and ice from windows before driving
- Slow down and take your time on the roads
- Allow more room to stop
- Allow more room between you and other vehicles
- Do not use cruise control
- If you skid, take your foot off the gas and steer where you want to go
- Never slam on your breaks
- Check tires
- Avoid bridges and overpasses if possible
- Keep an emergency kit in your car
- Home emergency kits
With cold snaps, preparation is key. Here are some things to keep in mind as the temperatures begin to drop.
- Have cell phone charges, portables charges and extra batteries
- Prepare extra coats, mittens and blankets
- Find your windshield scrapers
- Prepare some water and snacks
- First aid kits
- Battery-powered radios.