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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.

Winter Storm Update: Nat’l Wx Service 3″ to 6″ still expected for Borderland

With Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories for El Paso and the surrounding areas in effect until tomorrow night, the National Weather Service provides the following update on the storm pushing through the El Paso Southwest.

Officials also remind residents that, during the winter storm and cold weather, don’t forget to protect the 4 P’s: pets, pipes, plants, and people.

If you have weather pictures, please share them with us on our Facebook page and you can tweet them to us: @epheraldpost using the hashtag #eptxsnow

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City officials: We’re ready for winter storm; Weather Service video update

The City of El Paso is prepared to carry out the community’s deicing plan for roadways to keep arterial streets clear as low temperatures and precipitation move into the region.

The National Weather Service, via a Thursday video update, says the incoming storm could produce “significant snow across the Borderland” for this weekend.

“Keeping the main roadways clear for the traveling public is our priority during a weather event,” said Ted Marquez, Director of the city’s Streets and Maintenance Department. “We are staying vigilant and will continue to monitor weather conditions to respond appropriately.”

Crews from the city’s Streets and Maintenance Department will spread sand and salt on roadway surfaces to keep ice from forming on them. Priority will be given to arterial roadways, bridges and overpasses, especially those on routes to hospitals, fire houses and police stations. As part of standard procedures, response efforts will be coordinated with emergency management and state transportation partners.

To keep motorists safe during weather events, the City urges drivers to use extreme caution and maintain safe speeds and distances from other vehicles. The public is reminded that bridges and overpasses are typically the first to freeze. Freezing and thawing road surfaces can transition from wet to black ice in a matter of seconds and a drivers best defense is to stay alert, manage their speed and respond to advisory signs and reports.

If conditions become icy, motorists should stay off the roadways, if at all possible. Reduced traffic will allow emergency vehicles to move freely during the storm and help to ensure that roads are treated appropriately to combat icy conditions.

Author: City of El Paso /National Weather Service

Nat’l Weather Service: ‘Significant’ snowfall for region Christmas weekend

During their Wednesday briefing, officials with the National Weather Service in Santa Teresa (NM) warned Borderland residents of ‘significant snowfall’ for the entire region this weekend.

On their YouTube Channel, officials said “Heavy snow event and widespread dangerous travel impact are expected for the Saturday and Sunday after Christmas day.”

12376131_888451814536868_2303515735824743214_nOfficials add that from Christmas night (Dec 25th) thru Sunday (Dec 27th) there could be between 3″ and 7″ of snow here in El Paso and surrounding counties.

In New Mexico, the totals could be as much as 2 feet in the Sacramento Mountains.

As the system approaches, we here at the Herald-Post will keep you informed with all the up-to-date forecasts, street closures and neighborhood conditions.

You can also share your photos with us, via our facebook page

Additionally, we provide you with the following tips from the El Paso Water Utilities and the El Paso Fire Department.

El Paso Water Utility:

AVOID FROZEN PIPES
  • Insulate exposed pipes and faucets outside and around your home, including those in unheated areas like basements, garages, attics or crawl-spaces.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Remove harmful chemicals from the reach of children and pets during these times.
  • In severe cold, let cold water drip from faucets served by exposed pipes. Running a drip of water through the pipes helps prevent pipes from freezing because the temperature of the water is above freezing.
  • If a pipe does break on your property, EPWU encourages you to immediately turn off your water at the meter to avoid further damage and avoid water waste.
  • And if you are taking a vacation or away for several days, turn off your water at the meter in case of any damage done while away or think of someone who can monitor your home in your absence

El Paso Fire Department

As temperatures continue to drop, the El Paso Fire Department would like to remind the public to use caution when using their home heaters and fireplaces. These items should be checked and inspected for the dangerous release of carbon monoxide gas. Signs of carbon monoxide poisoning may resemble flu symptoms, including dizziness, fatigue and nauseas, but without fever. People may be unaware that the dangerous gas is overcoming them, as it is odorless, tasteless and colorless.

The El Paso Fire Department recommends having qualified, professionals inspect their heaters, furnaces and fireplaces to make sure that they are in good working condition and that all safety controls are working properly. It is very important to have working carbon monoxide detectors near those devices and working smoke alarms in every room.

Additionally, many families turn to alternative heat sources, such as space heaters, to help warm their homes. Many are unaware that the risk of fire from space heaters is 3 to 4 times higher than from central heating equipment. When using space heaters, the public is urged to follow these simple precautions to keep safe and warm this winter:

  1. After reading the instruction manual and checking for the testing approval mark, inspect the heater cord for frays and/or damage. Do not use it if it is damaged.
  2. Plug the heater directly into the outlet and never use extension cords.
  3. Keep the space heater at least three feet away from anything that can catch fire or is damp or wet, and be sure to use only a flat, level, floor surface.
  4. Keep space heaters away from high-traffic areas, but never leave them unattended or in rooms with unsupervised children.
  5. Make sure the circuit where the heater is plugged in can handle the added demand. Always turn off, unplug and safely store the heater when not in use.

The public is encouraged to get a comprehensive list of these and other safety tips at http://www.elpasotexas.gov/fire-department/divisions/fire-prevention under the “Safety Tips” area.

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.

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