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In Prep-Mode

TxDot officials are making preparations for the first significant winter weather system of the season.
Texoma skies may have been sunny Friday, but looks can be deceiving.

"Right now in the greater Wichita Falls Area, all of our TxDOT crews are out pre-treating the bridges and over-passes with freezeguard," said Adele Lewis, the Public Information Officer of TxDOT.

An arctic air mass is moving into Texoma, followed by some significant precipitation.

Experts said it's the perfect combination for freezing rain, ice, and snow.

There is, however, a silver lining.

Due to the fact this winter has been so mild so far, TxDOT said there are plenty of supplies on hand to treat the roads.

"We haven't had to refill this year," said Lewis, "so that's going to save us on materials. We also haven't had to spend money for overtime for our employees, so that's money saved as well."

If the freezeguard doesn't work, Lewis said crews will switch to more aggressive treatments like magnesium chloride crystals, or de-icing stone.

"Either way, I have guys manning all of our offices this weekend," said Lewis, "They're going to be keeping a big watch on it. We may even pull some crews in to work just in case and they'll call in the rest of the employees as needed."

Lewis also said if the need arises, TxDOT crews are ready to roll over into 12 hour shifts until the storm clean-up is over.
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