Winter weather preparations underway in North Texas

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

SHERMAN, TX -- Local street crews go through a regular ritual when winter weather strikes. Stephanie Brletic has more on how those crews are working to keep travelers safe.

Even though street crews are watching the weather, most of the people I talked to today say they were not ready for the cold blast.

"I could see my breath," Chandra Ivey said Monday, and seeing her breath was the last thing on Chandra's mind on Sunday. She says she hasn't been keeping her eye on the weather, and this cold blast really caught her off guard.

Chandra is not the only one who was blindsided by Monday’s drastic weather change.

"It’s freezing, from going from being hot like 70-80 degrees, and now it's just like freezing cold!" Jamie Hines says.

Luckily, Hines says she realized how cold it was and made sure to bundle up her son, and Jamie’s son, Chris, has her around to make sure he stays warm...

We have street crews to make sure we all stay safe. Sherman street superintendent Jim Cullen says his crews are loading up the trucks. Cullen says he'll be keeping an eye on the weather and the overpasses.

"Our first indicator is the grand street overpass. The PD will call us asking that it be closed or sanded."

That's when the crews put their plans into action. Cullen says his men will make sure all areas are taken care of, but says some places take priority.

"We like to take care of hospitals and police and fire departments, so they can respond to emergencies, and then the outer areas and main intersections."

Cullen says his crews are ready and on standby, but he is hoping the roads will not get bad since the ground is still warm.


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