Preparing for winter weather

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ODESSA, Texas (Nexstar) – Another round of winter weather could be arriving in the Permian Basin this weekend.

Chief Meteorologist Chase Menedez reports cloudy conditions will limit high temperatures to the upper 30s by Saturday afternoon and snow is expected to start falling in the Northern Basin by about Midnight Sunday.

The storm is expected to drift south reaching the Odessa-Midland area between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.

However, it is not expected to last very long. Conditions are expected to clear out by about noon Sunday.

Around 2 to 4 inches of snow is expected in the Northern Basin and between 1 and 2 inches of snow are expected in the Central Permian Basin.  

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, crews have already begun pretreating major roadways like Highway 191, Loop 250, Loop 338 and more.

Stay safe in winter weather

Here are some tips that can help you prepare for the possible winter storm.

  • Gather supplies early
  • Gather extra blankets and water in case power outages occur
  • Check pipes prior to a potential freeze
  • Create an emergency supply kit
  • Bring your pets and plants indoors
  • Frequently check local weather forecasts

Driving during the storm

  • Avoid driving if possible
  • If you must drive, use caution and allow extra time to arrive at your destination
  • Avoid using cruise control
  • Never slam on your breaks
  • Clear all snow and ice from the windows
  • Slow down
  • Use extra caution traveling over bridges

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