Wichita Falls Winter Weather Update
UPDATE-09:00 am December 6
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Road conditions remain hazardous across all of Texoma. Most of the precipitation has moved east of Wichita Falls. A 20% chance of more snow/sleet remains in the forecast through Sunday.
The Wichita Falls Police Department reports that the roads are extremely slick and dangerous for travel at this time. Travel is discouraged. If you have to drive please drive slowly and increase your distance between vehicles. Temps will remain below freezing for the next 48 hours so icy conditions will persist even after all precipitation has ended.
Here is the latest from Barry Levy, City of Wichita Falls Public Information Officer
Drivers who encounter a snow maintenance vehicle are reminded to please maintain a safe distance from the vehicle.
There will be no trash service on Friday, December 6th. We will update as to whether this will be moved to Saturday.
- Transportation Center
Greyhound has cancelled their remaining routes for Thursday. The 434 schedule (the 10:00 pm) bus will be the first bus to run on Friday. The morning buses are cancelled. This is subject to change.
- Public Transportation
Friday bus service has been cancelled. Riders can contact dispatch at 761-7433 for schedule and availability for Saturday.
- Municipal Airport
All American Eagle flights into and out of the Wichita Falls Municipal Airport have been cancelled until Friday at 4:35pm. For questions about flights please call 1-800-433-7300. Do not go to the airport to make flight arrangements.
Crews from the Police and Fire Departments, Public Works, Emergency Preparedness, Public Information and Aviation, Traffic and Transportation all have crews on notice, ready to respond as needed.
As with any cold weather event citizens are urged to take cold weather precautions including-
1. Avoiding travel unless absolutely necessary
2. Keeping an up-to-date emergency kit in your vehicle. The kit should include blankets, food and water, a cell phone charger for a vehicle, first aid kit, flashlight, winter hats, gloves and emergency flares
3. Keep vehicles parked in a garage
4. Insuring that you have adequate food and water supplies in your home
5. Protecting your home’s water pipes by-
- Keeping the heat above 55 degrees in the home
- Draining and storing outside garden hoses
- Insulating plumbing that is susceptible to cold air and freezing
- Letting faucets drip. A trickle of water can help prevent pipes from freezing and an open faucet gives the water someplace to run once it starts to warm up.
6. Keeping pets indoors or providing a heat source for their outdoor enclosure
7. Sign up for Code Red Weather Alerts and monitor all City tools for the latest information.