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Wednesday Weather delays, cancellations and information

This story will serve as an on-going update with information regarding area closures, delays or other weather-related information as Wednesday (February 5th) winter storm moves through the area.

EL PASO AREA TxDoT

UPDATE: Transmountain is open. The direct connectors from IH10 to LP375 are open as well.

TxDoT crews have closed Highway 62/180 from the entrance to Hueco Tanks State Park to the New Mexico State Line. Also closing 62/180 from FM 2775 to New Mexico State Line and 15 miles from White City, NM to State Line.

For up-to-the-minute road info, follow @TxDOTELP on Twitter, road conditions via www.drivetexas.org

EL PASO COUNTY GOVT & OFFICES

The El Paso County Courthouse and its satellite offices will have a delayed opening on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 due to potential hazardous weather/road conditions. The County Courthouse will begin regular business hours at 9:00AM.

EL PASO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

For up-to-the minute updates regarding flight status, please visit the EPIA’s website and select ‘Flight Info’

1ST ARMORED DIVISION

Due to inclement weather, the Acting Senior Commander has authorized a late report Wednesday, Feb 5, for all non-essential personnel of the 1AD & Fort Bliss at 9 am. Travel safely, potential for icy roads. Check your local listings for school delays

WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to potential icy road conditions on Feb. 5 White Sands Missile Range will delay the start of the workday until 10 a.m.

TOWN OF HORIZON

Due to current weather conditions, Horizon City Townhall and Court administrative offices will open at 10 AM this morning

UTEP

The Univerisity of Texas at El Paso will remain on a regular operating schedule today, Feb. 5. 2020, and classes will take place as usual

TTUHSC EL PASO

Due to inclement weather, the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso campus will delay opening until 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

All Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso clinics will maintain their regular hours of operation and open at their regularly scheduled time.

Any employee with questions regarding opening hours for their department should contact their supervisor directly.

Students should report directly to their 9 a.m. classes.

EPCC

In consideration of the safety of students & employees, due to potential icy & winter weather conditions, the school/work day at all EPCC campuses & ASC will have a delayed start Wed. Feb. 5th.  Please report to classes or work at 10 a.m. Continue to follow social media for latest updates.

NMSU Las Cruces and DACC
Due to weather conditions, the Las Cruces and Dona Ana Community College campuses will delay opening on Wednesday, Feb.5 until 10 a.m. Essential personal should report at their normal times. Updates will be posted as information becomes available.

EL PASO ISD

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to potential icy conditions, the school and work day at all EPISD schools and facilities will start an hour after their normal time on Wednesday, Feb. 5. Please report to school or work an hour later than your normal reporting time.

ALSO: The morning session of half-day pre-K is cancelled.  The afternoon pre-K session will start at the regular time. All-day pre-K will start one hour later.

The EPISD Board of Trustees committee meetings scheduled for Wednesday will start one hour after their posted time.
SOCORRO ISD

Due to the extreme weather we are experiencing and the anticipated improvement of driving conditions later this morning, Socorro ISD schools will operate on a delayed start schedule today, Wednesday, Feb. 5.

All schools will start up to two hours from their normal starting time. Elementary and Middle school start times will be at 9:45 a.m. with breakfast to be served at 8:45 a.m. High schools will start at 10:15 a.m.

All half-day morning Pre-Kindergarten classes and the breakfast in the classroom program are cancelled for the day. Transportation will be provided two hour me from normal pick up times.

As more information is available, we will provide updates via the district website at www.sisd.net, phone messages, social media, the news media and/or from the District Service Center.

YSLETA ISD

Due to current weather conditions, ALL schools and administrative offices in the Ysleta Independent School District will have a two-hour delayed opening from the normal starting time. Buses will pick up at the designated bus stop two hours from the original pick-up time. Tune in to local TV and radio stations, or check our social media pages and the district’s weather website at weather.yisd.net for more information.

CLINT ISD

Due to the current weather and hazardous road conditions, Clint ISD schools and offices are closed for today, Wednesday, February 5, 2020.

CANUTILLO ISD

Due to the possibility of inclement winter weather tomorrow morning, Canutillo ISD will operate on a 1-hour delay. Bus routes will run accordingly. Check our website, social media and local news media for any changes to the school schedule. Be safe.

EL PASO CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

‪Weather Advisory: The El Paso Catholic Schools will be on a one hour delay due to potentially icy conditions on the road. All El Paso Catholic school student and employees are to report to work one hour after the usual start of the day on Wednesday Feb. 5, 2020

SAN ELIZARIO ISD

SEISD Inclement Weather Update: Due to weather conditions, SEISD schools and administrative offices will have a two hour delayed opening from normal starting time. Buses will pick up at the designated bus stop two hours from the original pick-up time.

FABENS ISD,

District closed due to inclement weather. No buses will be traveling to EPCC or UTEP today for the safety of our students.

IDEA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

All of the IDEA campuses in El Paso will have a 1 hour delayed start. Start time for students is 8:30 and attendance taken at 8:45.

TORNILLO ISD

Inclement weather update: Tornillo Learning Community, Due to potential early icy road conditions, TISD will begin classes at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, February 5th.

DELL CITY ISD

Snow! The drifts are piling up, roads are icy, and for the safety of our students and staff, SCHOOL HAS BEEN CANCELED today. Be safe, and stay warm, Cougars!

FT. HANCOCK ISD

Due to potential icy conditions, the school and work day at all FHISD schools and facilities will start 2 hours after their normal time on Wednesday, Feb. 5. Please report to school or work 2 hours later than your normal reporting time.

LCPS

Due to a winter weather forecast for possible icy road conditions, LCPS will start school 2 hours late tomorrow morning. The workday for employees will also begin 2 hours later than usual. Expect morning buses to arrive 2 hours late during inclement weather conditions.

GADSDEN ISD

Due to weather conditions the start of school will be delayed.​ •ALL SCHOOLS WILL START TWO HOURS LATER •BUSES WILL PICK UP STUDENTS TWO HOURS LATER •ALL GISD STAFF WILL REPORT TWO HOURS LATER •PARENTS WHO DROP OFF THEIR CHILDREN WILL DO SO TWO HOURS LATER

LA FE

Due to weather and icy road concerns, all La Fe facilities, clinics, and offices — including the La Fe Preparatory School — will begin on a one-hour delay due to weather and icy road concerns.

For more information about appointments at La Fe clinics or sites, patients should contact their La Fe medical site directly or call the La Fe Switchboard at (915) 545-4550.

For information about the La Fe Preparatory School’s hours, parents should contact the school at (915) 533-0250.

GUADALUPE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK

Due to hazardous road conditions due to snow and ice in the park and surrounding areas, Guadalupe Mountains National Park is CLOSED today.

Low visibility due to foggy conditions may contribute to hazardous driving conditions. Please reduce speed and travel safely.

NEW MEXICO MUSEUM OF SPACE HISTORY

The New Mexico Museum of Space History is on a two hour delay for staff today because of road conditions. We expect to open at 10:00 to the public. Be safe out there folks!

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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