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Lubbock ISD, TxDOT monitoring winter weather

By Michael Slother - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock ISD and other area school districts will wait until Wednesday morning to decide if they will delay, cancel, or start school on time. The two main concerns between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning are slick roads and extreme wind-chills.

Superintendent Dr. Karen Garza says they also need to be mindful of students out in the cold, either walking to class or waiting on a bus. She says they have to make up any cancellations, so we asked about the benefits of delaying school instead.

"Sometimes with delay we don't have to make them up, number one. But secondly, that gives sufficient time for the sun to come out so you can see when you're driving, or sometimes for conditions to improve. So sometimes a delay is in the best interest of our employees and students," Garza said.

Garza says they'll be up at 4 a.m. to check on road conditions and will call KCBD if there are any delays or cancellations, so tune in to Daybreak Today Wednesday at 5 a.m. for updates.

The Texas Department of Transportation and city road crews will be monitoring conditions and will start treating roads as necessary.

"We're also planning on sending crews to areas that are forecasted to get quite a bit of snowfall in the northern part of Texas. The Dallas-Fort Worth area, as well as the Paris and Atlanta area of the state," Dianah Ascencio with TxDOT continued. "That part of the state doesn't see as much snowfall as we might see here in the Lubbock area." Ascencio says there are still plenty of resources ready to handle operations in the Lubbock district.

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