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City provides update on services, response to storm

As the winter storm rolls out the City of El Paso will be clearing streets, launching clean-up efforts and resuming non-essential services.

Travel

Sun Metro will resume normal operating hours on Monday, Dec. 28. Customers are urged to arrive a few minutes early to their bus stops, terminals or transfer centers in case routes experience weather-related delays due to roadway conditions. For more information about routes and schedules, please visit sunmetro.net or call (915) 212-3333.

The El Paso International Airport encourages travelers to check with individual airlines for up-to-date flight information, including delays and cancellations. Travelers should arrive at the airport at least two hours before their flight is scheduled to depart to get through the ticket and security lines.

Streets

The National Weather Service is expecting temperatures will dip below freezing overnight causing hazardous driving conditions. Heavy fog is forecasted for the early hours of Monday, Dec. 28, which will contribute to visibility issues in the morning.

The Street and Maintenance Department urges motorists to stay off the roadways if at all possible. Freezing and thawing road surfaces can transition to black ice in a matter of seconds. Motorists who must drive should stay alert, manage their speed and respond to advisory signs and reports.

Until the storm passes, the City’s Street and Maintenance Department crews will continue to monitor the weather and roadway conditions to respond as needed. Crews have been responding to traffic signal outages and treating road surfaces to keep arterial streets open for the traveling public.

Priority has been given to arterial roadways, bridges and overpasses, particularly those on routes to hospitals, fire houses and police stations. Crews will begin clean-up efforts once roadway conditions improve.

Scenic Drive remained closed as a precaution. All other city-maintained streets are open. The state has some road closures. For information about state road closures, visit www.drivetexas.org.

City Facilities

Administration offices for the City of El Paso will remain closed on Monday, Dec. 28, as part of scheduled holiday hours. City Hall and administration officers for city departments will resume normal operating hours on Jan. 4.

The City’s Consolidated Tax Office will have a delayed opening of 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 28. The tax office is located in downtown at the Wells Fargo Plaza, 221 N. Kansas, 3rd floor, Suite 300.

The El Paso Zoo will remain closed on Monday, Dec. 28, to allow for winter storm-related clean-up efforts. Ice and snow accumulated on the zoo grounds creating potentially hazardous conditions for visitors.

McKelligon Canyon will remain closed until further notice due to roadway conditions.

Aquatic facilities, recreation and senior centers will have a delayed opening on Monday, Dec. 28. They will open at 10 a.m. The Water Safety Course offered by the Parks and Recreation Department will resume normal hours on Monday, Dec. 28. The course will start at 8 a.m. as originally scheduled.

The City’s museums – art, history and archeology – are normally closed on Mondays. They will resume standard operating hours on Tuesday, Dec. 29.

Emergency Response

The City’s Office of Emergency Management will continue to coordinate with transportation agencies, utilities and other partners during this weather event and to prepare for the next potential weather event. More snowfall is possible next weekend, according to weather forecasts.

TxDoT warns of hazardous driving conditions in El Paso and 5 adjacent counties

Hazardous driving conditions continue across the El Paso District which includes Brewster, Culberson, El Paso, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis and Presidio Counties.

“The safety of the traveling public is a TxDOT priority, and we respond to snow and ice situations as quickly as possible,” said Bob Bielek, El Paso District Engineer.

“Our maintenance crews work around the clock monitoring and responding to remove snow and ice from roadways. Crews have worked throughout the night plowing snow and de-icing roadways.   We will continue to monitor and treat roadways for the duration of the storm,” Bielek added.

TxDOT strongly urges drivers to reconsider any travel plans until conditions improve.  If they must travel, they should observe these winter safety tips.

  • Check area weather conditions on radio or television before starting a trip.

Motorists can call TxDOT’s toll-free highway conditions line at 800-452-9292 or can log on www.drivetexas.org  The New Mexico road conditions number is 1-800-432-4269.

  • Keep well back from snow plows. Don’t crowd the plow. Plow drivers can’t see directly behind their trucks. Sometimes they must stop or back up. Staying a safe distance behind a snow plow will protect you from possible injury, and protect your car from sanding material used on slick roadways.
  • Never drive through a snow cloud or other whiteout conditions. You can’t be sure if it is caused by crosswinds or a snow plow.
  • Use caution when driving over bridges and overpasses. These are the first to freeze.
  • Reduce speed and drive with caution. A vehicle needs at least three times more space to stop on a slick roadway. Visibility can also be reduced during winter weather conditions.
  • Be patient. Your trip time–including short commutes to work–could increase when adverse weather conditions exist.

City shares list of closures due to winter storm

Some City of El Paso services are experiencing delays or closures today due to the snowfall accumulation from the winter storm that has swept into the area.

Travel

Sun Metro is operating today on its regular Sunday schedule. Some routes are experiencing delays. Customers are urged to arrive a few minutes early to their bus stops, terminals or transfer centers but should expect buses may be running behind schedule due to road conditions. For more information about routes and schedules, please visit sunmetro.net or call (915) 212-3333.

Those traveling by air are encouraged to check with individual airlines for up-to-date flight information, including delays and cancellations. Travelers should arrive at the El Paso International Airport at least two hours before their flight is scheduled to depart to get through the ticket and security lines.

City Facilities

The winter storm is also contributing to the closures of some city facilities normally open on Sundays.

The El Paso Zoo, McKelligon Canyon, the Animal Shelter, aquatic facilities, airport visitor center, and the museums of art, history and archeology are closed today.

Road Closures

The City’s Street and Maintenance Department has been working around the clock to keep road open. Priority has been given to arterial roadways, bridges and overpasses, particularly those on routes to hospitals, fire houses and police stations.

As of this morning, Scenic Drive remained closed as a precaution. It will remain closed until further notice. All other city-maintained streets are open. The state has some road closures. For information about state road closures, visit www.drivetexas.org.

Emergency Response

The City’s Office of Emergency Management has been coordinating with transportation agencies, utilities and other partners during this weather event. Emergency management officials will continue to monitor the situation to maximize public health and safety and minimize risks during this storm.

City’s Response to Winter Storm

The City of El Paso has been working steadily to clear and treat roadways blanketed with snow and sleet.

Street and Maintenance Department crews worked overnight and resumed salting and treating major roadways before sunrise today. Crews have been working throughout this weather event with priority given to arterial roadways, bridges and overpasses, particularly those on routes to hospitals, fire houses and police stations.

As with all major weather events, the Street and Maintenance Department will continue to monitor weather conditions and coordinate response efforts with emergency responders and state transportation officials.

Residents can help maximize public health and safety during this weather event by staying off the roads unless it is an emergency to allow crews to efficiently treat streets.

Anyone who must travel should exercise extreme caution while driving and maintain safe speeds and distances from other vehicles as freezing and treacherous conditions remain due to the winter storm. Motorists are reminded that icy conditions will create dangerous driving conditions, particularly on elevated roadways and bridges.

El Paso Electric indicates that 8000+ customers are  without power from just north of Hatch all the way to Van Horn.

US National Weather Service El Paso Texas reports 5″+ all around the Borderland; while TxDoT is ‘Strongly Advising’ no travel today until storm passes.

The Motoring Life: Parked in Memory Lane for an El Paso Christmas

Having grown up in North Dakota as a kid, Christmas in El Paso just wasn’t the same.

The biggest difference is the lack of snow – and I don’t mean the 1-2 inches that closes the city down – I mean 2-3 feet of build-a-snow-fort-that-rivals-the-rebel-base-on-Hoth-SNOW. But I’ve grown to realize that snow and freezing temperatures in El Paso are a very bad thing, due to the city’s lack of infrastructure to handle extreme cold, and most drivers’ inability to negotiate the slippery stuff.

When my family relocated to El Paso ( was 12 years old), the most confusing things to me was all the brown people, the air so hot you cannot breath, a ground that is so hot you cannot walk on without shoes, and sand – I thought it was a myth. As a kid I grew up thinking Christmas was about waking up early, getting presents and playing in the snow for hours and hours on end.

In El Paso, there is no snow during Christmas — on rare ocassions there is, but certainly not enough to play in. So Christmas gifts changed from sleds and toboggans to remote control cars and kites — and I could go right outside and start using them straight-away.

As I grew older, Christmas became more about family. Having come from a very small living family (that live in the US), it was a stretch to make it work as both my sisters moved away and I rarely saw them. My closest friends would fill in the gaps of getting into the Christmas spirit.

My parents did their best to make Christmas feel like a holiday, but it just wasn’t the same as when I was a kid and we were all together.

Now that I am nearly 40, being a father and husband myself, it has become very clear to me that Christmas in El Paso is exactly what you make of it. It really doesn’t matter where you are, so long as you realize that your family — especially the children — are the most important to make each and every Christamas special for them.

If you don’t have kids, go make a difference and donate to the many local children charities and make a kids’ Christmas morning a special one.