National Weather Service Warning & Coordination Meteorologist Mark Fox said Thursday afternoon that Texoma residents should be prepared for "a significant ice storm; probably be prepared for a day or two indoors."

National Weather Service Warning & Coordination Meteorologist Mark Fox said Thursday afternoon that Texoma residents should be prepared for "a significant ice storm; probably be prepared for a day or two indoors."


Fox said, "There is a potential for icy roads, icy power lines, and there is a possibility of losing power. You should probably have enough around the house to be a homebody for a couple of days."


Fox said the forecast for the storm looks very severe: "This is definitely stronger than what we’ve seen in quite some time. This type of ice storm usually happens about once every 10 years."


Fox said that in any case, residents should be prepared for the worst. "Don’t wait for it to be right on top of you," Fox advised. "It’s better to be prepared and nothing happens than anything else."


Grayson County Office of Emergency Management Director Sarah Somers had a few moments between meetings on Thursday to advise Texoma residents to "anticipate and prepare for the worst, which could mean power outages. We have utility crews positioning themselves because that’s the biggest threat during a storm like this."


Somers said, "The single most important thing tomorrow morning is that if your school or business is closed during the winter storm, that means we really need you to stay off of the roadway, to help us decrease the need for emergency response out on the roadway."


Sherman Fire Department’s Chief J. J. Jones released a statement that said the city is preparing for the ice storm forecasted by the NWS. Jones said, "City street and emergency crews will be monitoring the event and will be working to minimize the effects on our services to you."


Jones said, "At 1 p.m. (Thursday), Grand Street was closed from East Lewis to Frisco Road. The bridge will remain closed until the … weather allows safe travel across the overpass."


The fire chief said that if residents know they will have to travel on the potentially icy roadways, "give yourself plenty of extra time and stay on well-traveled roadways. Place a blanket and flashlight in your car and let someone know your destination and route."


Denison Public Works Director David Howerton said that Denison had not shut yet shut down any roads as of Thursday afternoon, but "we encourage folks to stay home and not get out if they can avoid it. The freezing temperatures after dark are what we’re most concerned about, since we’re already getting some precipitation. That’s all going to turn to ice."


The Texas Department of Transportation says on its website that drivers should "check weather conditions and ask yourself: ‘Is this trip really necessary? Is it worth risking my life in potentially dangerous conditions?’"


TxDOT advises that if driving on the roadway is absolutely necessary, vehicle owners should take some steps to protect their car and ensure increased safety on icy roadways. According to TxDOT, drivers should check their car’s ignition, brakes, wiring, hoses, belts, filters and battery, as well as checking the car’s tire air pressure and fluid levels.


Texas New Mexico Power, a power company serving customers in Texas, said in a prepared statement that people preparing for a possible power outage should be prepared with a supply of foods that don’t require refrigeration.


TMNP said residents can also prepare by ensuring their mobile phones are regularly charged, keeping plenty of batteries for flashlights and radios on hand, and properly staging and checking portable energy generators in advance of the inclement weather.


The power company also emphasized that people "whose health is dependent upon powered equipment and who don’t have backup power should take appropriate measures to ensure their safety in the case of an extended outage. Those customers are encouraged to consider relocating in advance of the storm."