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      DPS: Drivers be prepared for winter weather

      Winter weather is expected to sweep across the state over the weekend and Texans are urged to be prepared for severe winter weather conditions by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

      DPS has offered several tips to keep in mind to ensure safety in winter conditions.

      Follow winter weather conditions. Stay up-to-date on winter weather conditions with Storm Search 7 Meteorologists Steve Kersh, Brian James and Alyssa Pawlak on, Facebook and Twitter.

      Drive slowly on icy roads and remember to keep a safe distance from other vehicles for stopping.

      Before you go, make sure your vehicle is properly maintained and keep your gas tank full.

      And in the event of downed trees or power lines be on the watch while you are driving. If power is out use all intersections as four-way stops.

      "As this fast-approaching arctic storm settles over Texas, drivers may encounter freezing rain or sleet that could significantly impact road conditions," said DPS Director Steven McCraw. "With the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, many travelers may be heading to holiday destinations, and DPS is urging individuals to take extra precautions to account for winter precipitation, along with increased holiday traffic."

      The following is a list of supplies compiled by DPS that drivers can store inside their vehicles in case of an emergency.

      Blankets, sleeping bags, extra clothing and winter weather gear such as hats and gloves.

      Cell phones, radio, flashlights and extra batteries.

      First aid kit

      Pocket knife

      High calorie, non perishable food and bottled water

      Sand or cat litter to de-ice the roadway

      Tool kit, jumper cables, a tow rope, shovel and windshield scraper.

      If you would like more information on winter weather preparationclick here.