Richardson Emergency Management is monitoring a winter storm system currently forecast to impact Richardson and the surrounding region during the next 24 hours. The system is anticipated to produce rain and sleet with the potential to hinder traffic and possibly cause power outages.
Richardson road crews will begin 12-hour shifts at midnight tonight in order to be prepared to respond to emergent traffic issues. Major traffic intersections and bridges will be treated as needed to help provide traction in those areas. If travel is necessary, commuters are asked to leave in plenty of time to reach their destinations and to monitor local media for weather impacts on traffic arteries.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) reports it is also monitoring weather conditions and is preparing DART and TRE facilities for tonight and tomorrow to operate all Richardson and system-wide stations. DART will be deploying additional people and supplies as needed through the evening. Riders can sign-up for service updates at DART.org or follow @dartmedia.
Residents are asked to be prepared for the possibility of losing power to their home, and to have adequate clothing and blankets available to stay warm.
Residents are reminded to never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal- burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Such units should be located away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors. The primary hazards to avoid when using alternate sources for electricity, heating or cooking are carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock and fire.
Install carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide. If the carbon monoxide alarm sounds, move quickly to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door.
Current computer models project the potential for dangerous conditions on area roads into Monday morning. Temperatures are anticipated to warm-up by noon Monday and would alleviate adverse traffic conditions. Residents are asked to monitor local media for the most current information regarding regional weather conditions.