El Paso Weather: What You Need to Know [INFO]
So, it's El Paso (and Las Cruces) and there's SNOW ON THE GROUND! WHAT WILL WE DO?! IS ANYTHING OPEN?! HOW CAN THERE BE SCHOOL IN SUCH HORRIBLE SUB-FREEZING WEATHER?! IS THERE ANY HOPE FOR OUR CHILDREN?! HOW WILL THE CITY FUNCTION?! WE'RE ALL DOOOOOOMED!!!
Not really. Just take a little extra time, don't slam on the brakes and don't freak out. It'll all melt by noon. That said, here are some things you'll want to know about delays, cancellations, closures and more...
If you're going to school: You have a two-hour delay (Tornillo is on regular hours, Socorro ISD starts at 9:45 a.m. for elementary schools, 10:15 a.m. for high schools). UTEP and EPCC start classes at 10 a.m.
If your trash day is today: Put out your gray bins, but don't bother with the blue recycling bins. El Paso's Department of Environmental Services says half its fleet of trash trucks is frozen and can't make it out of the parking lot.
If you're waiting for the bus: You might have to wait a little bit, but your bus will get there. Sun Metro is running on a regular schedule, but there are some delays due to traffic and icy conditions in some parts of town.
If you work on Fort Bliss: You're delayed by two hours. Nothing will be open before 10 a.m.
If you're in Las Cruces: Pretty much everything -- NMSU, DACC, courts, city offices, and more -- is closed until at least 10 a.m. All public schools are closed, period.
If you're thinking of driving over Scenic Drive or Transmountain Road: Don't. They're closed.
If you have a court date or jury duty at the El Paso County Courthouse: You're delayed by two hours.
If you want to gripe about something to City Council: Be prepared to be there early, there will be no delay of the city's agenda.