Parts of the border country were blanketed in snow Friday morning, with accumulation along the Trans Mountain Road.
Temperatures Friday morning were in the 30s, according to the El Paso National Weather Service.
Friday’s high was forecast for 44 with scattered showers throughout the day lasting into the night where a low of 33 was expected.
Temperatures were forecast to rebound on Saturday with a sunny day peaking at 60 and falling to 39 at night, with mostly clear skies.
Sunday should be sunny with a high of 62 and a low of 38 on a mostly clear night.
A high of 66 was forecast for Monday under sunny skies, falling to 47 overnight.
The National Weather Service issued a winter warning through midnight Friday for parts of eastern Otero County, including the Sacramento Mountains, with 8 to 12 inches of snow, with higher areas hitting more than 15 inches. Wind gusts of up to 80 km/h could increase traffic problems due to snowstorms.
A winter weather advisory was issued for Hudspeth County and east El Paso County in west Texas through midnight Friday, with 1 to 3 inches of snow expected. The NWS warns that overnight roads will become slippery and icy.
Traffic cameras from the Texas Department of Transportation showed wet roads in El Paso Friday morning, with snow blanketing the landscape along the Trans Mountain Road near Tom Mays Park.
The El Paso office of the Texas Department of Transportation tweeted a warning about eastbound conditions along Interstate 10 showing snow accumulations.
Lower than normal temperatures
Lower-than-normal temperatures should be expected in late November, the National Weather Service warns.
A winter storm is moving east on Friday, bringing snow showers to parts of Otero and Hudspeth counties, and a wintry mix is likely for El Paso and neighboring communities, according to NWS.
Ice and snow can make driving dangerous, especially on mountain highways. The NWS urges caution when driving in snowy areas.
The Texas Division of Emergency Management tweeted tips for safer driving.
Prepare your home for winter
When it comes to preparing for winter, know that your home is your number one defense against the cold weather. You have to make sure it’s tight. There are a few steps you should take every year before winter arrives.
First, make sure your heating system is running. Run your furnace for a few hours early in the fall and have it adjusted, its filters changed, and its chimneys cleaned as needed. If you use oil heating, make sure your tank is full.
Walk around your home and make sure all your insulation is intact, especially around windows and doors.
Also check your plumbing. Make sure they are all properly insulated and that you shut off the water going to your hose and drain those pipes. If you have a sprinkler or irrigation system, drain the lines and shut off the water as well. A burst pipe is a terrible thing any time of year, but can be especially damaging when it freezes.
Bring your garden furniture with you. Most of it won’t be built to withstand the rigors of winter. The weight of the snow can sag the fabric and feathers, and the cold can also be damaging.
Finally, prune any dead branches and have dead trees removed from your property. The weight of ice and snow, accompanied by the winds of winter storms, can knock down even healthy branches and trees. By eliminating the dead, you reduce the chances of them falling onto power lines, your house, or worse, onto a person.
Make your car fit for wintry roads
While snow and cars can increase the dangers of driving, some basic preparation beforehand can ensure your safety, even if you have to be on the road.
It’s a good idea to take care of any remaining maintenance issues before winter sets in. Have your fluids changed when needed, replace your windshield washer fluid with one that de-ices and make sure your windshield wipers are in good condition. Check that your heating is working and that your battery is charged.
Make sure your tires are up to date. Just because they’ve passed inspection doesn’t mean they’re good for winter. If you use winter tires, change them before the first snowfall.
If you don’t have snow tires, check the tire treads on your regular wheels. If they’re going bald or wearing unevenly, it might be time to get new ones. Any tire can skid on snow or ice, but tires with enough tread slip less and regain traction faster.
Also check the air pressure in your tires – improperly inflated tires are more likely to slip.
Get your snow removal equipment in the car before it snows. You don’t want to walk out of a store or work and find out you don’t have your snow brush in the car when there’s already 6 inches of snow on your windshield.
An important and simple task is to fill up your gas tank before each storm. You don’t want to run out of gas in the middle of a snowstorm.
Finally, keep an emergency kit in your car. This should contain everything you need if you’re stranded and have to stay in your car for hours. This kit should contain:
USA Today contributed to this report.