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With an arctic cold front moving through parts of Texas, The Department of Public Safety is urging Texans to prepare for severe winter weather.

“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.”

DPS offered the following tips for staying safe:

• Monitor local weather broadcasts and follow up-to-the-minute weather conditions, at weather.gov.
• Drive slowly on icy roads and increase distance required for stopping.
• Watch for downed trees and power lines across roads. If power is out, treat all intersections as four-way stops.
• Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained before any trip.
• Keep your gas tank full.

In addition, DPS suggests keeping a survival kit, which includes blankets, a sack of sand or cat litter for de-icing the roads and a windshield scraper in the car.

According to the National Weather Service, the seven-day forecast in Victoria shows rainy days throughout the week and lows dropping to 38 degrees on Monday.