Christmas travel may be hindered by winter blast

Paul Braun, TxDOT
Paul Braun, TxDOT

By: Michelle Langowski
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, TX - The winter weather is on it's way....and just in time to catch those last minute holiday drivers off-guard.

Although it doesn't look as though we will have snow on Christmas Day, the Panhandle is gearing up for a white Christmas Eve...and it couldn't be coming at a worse time.

For those who have not made it to their holiday destination, they may be faced with a couple inches of snow tomorrow.

PIO for the Texas Department of Transportation, Paul Braun says "I know there are many people who really want to get home for Christmas, by Christmas Eve. Traveling tomorrow, especially during the day could be very dangerous, if they can delay that, it might be better for them."

Braun says it is hard to predict what sort or personnel and equipment they will need to keep travelers safe tomorrow, so they are preparing for the worst.

"Our maintenance operators and supervisors are already getting ready and making sure they have enough material to put on the roadways to help prevent icing and the plows are ready to put on the truck if they need to."

How much and what form the precipitation takes will determine how TxDOT attacks this storm.

"Whether it is sanding, de-icing materials, or plowing the roads. We're going to do the best we can to keep the roadways clear and passable and open. But we cant do anything about blowing snow," Braun said.

TxDOT recommends delaying your driving plans tomorrow to allow their crews to clear the roadways.