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Agencies prepare for weather in East Texas throughout the night

TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

From roadways to runways, cities across East Texas are preparing for whatever the weather brings.

The Texas Department of Transportation was preparing Monday to deploy sand trucks through the night, if necessary. TXDOT officials said they would be monitoring road conditions throughout the night and those sand trucks would deploy at the first sign of ice. TXDOT wasn't the only department on standby Monday night.

From airports, to roadways, to power lines, the chilly hand of winter weather could grip any of those spots in ice causing serious problems. Electric companies are bracing for outages.

"During this time it's all hands on deck," Brittney Johnson with Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative said, "All have their schedules cleared and are ready to be on call should we need them."

Officials with Oncor said their storm room is set with 10 computers hooked up to monitor outages and weather. They're also preparing to send crews to Georgia where a recent storm has caused severe power outages, but they tell KLTV they'll wait through the night to be sure East Texans are okay first.

A touch of ice on roadways means dangerous driving conditions.

"Each of these storms is different and we're going to be out being proactive and pre-treat roads where we can," Larry Krantz, with TXDOT, said.

Stock piles of sand, not salt, are on hand in every part of East Texas.

"The kind of cold weather we have here, the gravel works just as good if not better than salt, and you don't have the problem with corrosion on cars," Steve Poskey, with the City of Lufkin, said.

Like roadways, runways can get icy, which means flight cancellations.

Tyler Pounds Regional Airport has cancelled inbound and outbound American Airlines flight 3692. Gregg County Regional Airport has no cancellations yet.

We've been through severe weather threats before.

"Well, we've been in this weather cycle for some time now and certainly we've been threatened by some of these storms and this looks like the first one that's going to do anything to us for quite some time," Krantz said.

But, this time, all departments say they're ready and hope you are, too.

TXDOT officials said some of the problem areas they know from past storms will be the first place they start as the temperature drops and water that is already on the road freezes.

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