Weslaco emergency management officials tackle winter storm

Emergency Management officials are on high alert monitoring the latest developments of this winter weather.

Action 4 News went on a ride along with Emergency Management Coordinator George Garrett to get a firsthand look the preparations.

"This is not the time to be out to see if you can see ice or slick roads it can be a very dangerous situation", said Garrett.

Garrett who is the Emergency Management Coordinator for the cities of Donna and Weslaco tells Action 4 News very seldom do we have weather conditions like we're having right now.

Due to the unusually frigid weather, Garrett spent part of Thursday afternoon overseeing several road closures.

"We're putting these barricades on Paseo Del Norte, just south of Bridge Street to prevent traffic from coming from the south side of town to the north side of town.

Once the barricades are in place it's illegal to go around them.

You can get fined up to 1,000 dollars or be arrested and spend 60 days in jail.

Garrett says the barricades are up for the public TMs safety and with the slick roads the best advice Garrett adds is to stay off of them.

Aside from the dangerous driving conditions it doesn't take long to feel the effects of Mother Nature.

"We've been out here less than five minutes and you can see how cold your hands are starting to feel if we stood out here for ten or fifteen minutes without gloves or anything on our ears there's a possibility you can see the onset of potential frostbite," said Garrett.

As soon as the weather subsides the barricades will be taken down and then of course business will go back to normal.