TxDOT prepared with no wintry weather in sight



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Posted on January 30, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 30 at 3:02 PM

FORT WORTH - While temperatures have been mild this winter as of yet, around this same time last year was when wintry weather hit North Texas hard as the Super Bowl week was under way.

Snow and ice created difficulties on the road, which now has the Texas Department of Transportation extra prepared this year. The question now is will it be needed?

From February 1 through February 4 of 2011, the Dallas-Fort Worth area received over four inches of snow and temperatures held at freezing or below for 101 consecutive hours. Around Dallas Love Field and Collin County, areas picked up to about five to six inches of snow.

This year has been a different picture, with a drier and warmer winter the area's snow equipment has remained in storage.

After and during 2011's winter weather event, TxDOT acquired 22 new snow plows, adding up to a total of 29 between both Dallas and Fort Worth.

"Every year, TxDOT prepares for every winter season with enough material to cover three to four normal events," said Jodi Hodges, a spokeswoman with TxDOT. "All that material that we planned for last year was used in that week-long event for the Super Bowl time period for that major winter storm. So, we're prepared again this year for those three or four small events in case it should turn that direction."

Looking now into the near future, there are no indications that winter weather will hit North Texas in full force. However, that could change. If not, the snow plows have a 30-year shelf life.

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