We've been hearing about it all week in Amarillo, Texas. There's a chance for some winter weather as we get ready to head into the weekend. TxDOT is even predicting possible impacts on our drive home this evening after work. Here's what you need to know to be prepared.

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TxDOT Says Winter Weather Will Possibly Impact Evening Commute In Amarillo

According to a press release issued earlier today, the Texas Department Of Transportation is expecting the winter weather coming to the area to impact commutes this evening (Jan 4) in Amarillo, and the Texas panhandle.

They mention in the release that the National Weather Service is predicting some accumulating snowfall in the area, up to five inches in some areas of the panhandle. Supposedly, the heaviest snowfall in Amarillo will happen sometime between 4 PM and 6 PM.

They published this update earlier today regarding the snow.

When you're headed home this evening, use extra caution and pay extra attention.

Take Your Time, Drive Slow, And Use Caution

Even if the impacts on our commute tonight are minor ones, you still need to be cautious and be prepared. You definitely don't want to be one of the people who gets caught completely unaware and unprepared in case something were to happen.

In the press release from TxDOT, they recommend taking a few easy steps to stay safe during winter weather:

  • Make sure you have your emergency kit (first-aid, water, snacks, jumper cables, etc.)
  • Give yourself more than enough time to get to your destination. Leave a little earlier and drive a little slower than usual.
  • Don't follow too closely to other vehicles. You should leave about three times the normal distance between you and the other vehicles around you.

It's also a good idea to check road conditions ahead of time by checking the TxDOT website.

The good news is that TxDOT crews began treating roadways yesterday, so we're ahead of the weather and hopefully, that will go a long way toward making our ride home tonight a little easier.

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