LIVE BLOG: Freezing temperatures, wintry precipitation leads to icy roadways

TYLER, Texas — Extreme cold and wintry weather is set to impact East Texas over the next several days.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 14

7PM: CBS19 Chief Meteorologist Brett Anthony gives an update on the winter weather across East Texas.

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7PM: All UT Health East Texas Physicians clinics (including the walk-in clinic on South Broadway Ave. in Tyler) will delay opening until 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15. All hospitals remain open.

6PM: CBS19’s Ronald Everett shares how residents are preparing for the cold weather as roads across East Texas become icy.

5:43PM: Trash and recycling collection for the City of Longview will be shifted one day the week of Monday, Jan. 15, due to winter weather and the temporary closure of the Pine Hill Landfill.

Collections normally scheduled for Monday are currently scheduled to be collected on Tuesday, Jan. 16,  Tuesday collections will occur on Wednesday, Jan. 17, and the pattern will continue through the week.

Bulky item pickup will not be available until Wednesday, Jan. 17

5:42PM: Due to continued freezing temperatures, very high demand, and unseasonably low wind, operating reserves are expected to be low during the morning hours of Monday, January 15, prior to the solar ramp up. As a result, ERCOT is asking Texans to conserve electricity use, if safe to do so, Monday, January 15, from 6 a.m. – 10 a.m. ERCOT is expecting similar conditions on Tuesday, January 16, and will continue to closely monitor conditions and keep the public informed through our communication channels. 

Tomorrow’s conservation appeal does not indicate ERCOT is experiencing emergency conditions at this time. ERCOT will remain vigilant and communicate further if conditions change because of continued freezing temperatures and very high demand in the morning hours. At this time, if you are experiencing an outage, it is local in nature and not related to overall grid reliability. Please check with your local electric provider for more information. 

5:35PM: CHRISTUS Health Northeast Texas has announced the following delays/closures:

  • CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Ministry clinics are delayed start until 10 a.m. Monday. 

  • CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic in the CHRISTUS St. Michael Ministry (Texarkana and Atlanta) will be closed on Monday.

  • CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic in the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Ministry will be delayed until 10 a.m. Monday.

  • Clinics including Lindale, Canton, Sulphur Springs and Emory will be closed Monday.

  • Clinics in Palestine, Athens and Jacksonville are delayed until 10 a.m.

5PM: According to Chief Meteorologist Brett Anthony, the NWS expanded the Winter Storm Warning to include more counties south and east of Tyler. The warning is still in effect until 6 p.m. Monday. 

All indications point toward a period of freezing rain and sleet developing and becoming heavier overnight into the first part of Monday. At this time, it appears up to .5″ of sleet and freezing rain is possible over parts of East Texas. 

At this time, the Weather Prediction Center only classifies this storm as a level 1 out of 5 on the Winter Storm Severity Index. But even limited impacts can mean big problems for roads and powerlines. 

The other part of the story is the extreme cold. That will be an issue, especially Monday night into Tuesday as temperatures drop to about 10 degrees and wind chill values are near zero. 

4:44PM: According to ERCOT, a Conservation Appeal has been issued for Monday, Jan. 15, from 6 – 10 a.m. CT. Operating reserves are expected to be low tomorrow morning due to continued freezing temperatures, record-breaking demand, and unseasonably low wind. We request Texas businesses and residents conserve electricity use, if safe to do so. At this time, if you are experiencing an outage, it is local in nature and not related to grid reliability. 

4:22PM: According to TxDOT, Ice has begun to form on bridges, overpasses, & roadways in Henderson Co. on SH 198, SH 334, & US 175. Crews are patrolling & plowing. If you can, please stay home.

3:58PM: According to the NWS, Very cold conditions expected tonight with lows ranging from the mid teens to lower 20s with wintry precipitation expected across much of the region.

3:29PM: According to TxDOT, Multiple locations in northern Smith Co. are starting to see ice on bridges and overpasses including Toll 49, US 69, and I-20. If you can, please stay home.

3:22PM: Snow is falling and ice is stating to accumulate in the Hallsville area of Harrison County. 

3PM: Snow flurries are starting to fall outside the CBS19 studios. Tune in at 10 p.m. for coverage from our team.

2:45PM: According to TxDOT, ice is accumulating on bridges and overpasses in Gregg County. TxDOT says ice has been reported on I-20, as well as on bridges at the intersections of SH 135/I-20 and SH 31/I-20. If you can stay home, PLEASE do so. Temperatures are going to continue to drop. 

1:54PM: TxDOT crews will go to 24-hour schedules this evening with crews working from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m., monitoring roadways, bridges, and overpasses. #TxWX

1:05PM: The Smith County Fire Marshal’s Office is seeing some ice accumulation on roads. Please stay home if you don’t have to be out. If you do drive, please use caution as some roads might have ice or black ice.

12:58PM: Mabank police are currently working vehicle crashes in the area due to icy road conditions.

12:57PM: CR 198 in the Payne Springs areas is very slick, according to the Payne Springs Fire and Rescue. Officials say cars are diving over the snow, which causes it to melt. It then freezes back over as black ice. Drivers are advised to stay home.

11:30AM: CBS19 Chief Meteorologist Brett Anthony gives an update on the winter storm – There is already light freezing drizzle and some tiny snowflakes but roads are fine right now. This is expected to change later tonight.

5:12AM: According to the NWS, freezing rain accumulations of 0.1″-0.25″ is expected across much of the area, including I-20.

1AM: After tonight’s freeze, temperatures will try to rebound. However they will struggle to make it into the 30s. The cold will be amplified by the wintry precipitation that begins mid-afternoon. This will steadily continue through the night into Monday morning. With the sub-freezing temperatures, this could cause some issues on roads and bridges,

SATURDAY, JAN. 13

5:30PM: The NWS has issued a Hard Freeze Warning from from Saturday at 6 p.m. – Sunday at noon for the following counties:

  • Camp
  • Cass
  • Franklin
  • Marion
  • Morris
  • Upshur
  • Wood

4:25PM: The City of Marshall is offering tips on generator safety ahead of the winter storms:

4:05PM: The CBS19 Weather Experts have issued a Eye on Weather Day mid-afternoon Sunday through Monday. Expect sleet, freezing rain and some flurries during this time. 

3PM: A Winter Storm Warning will be in effect for a majority of East Texas beginning Sunday at noon through Monday at 6 p.m.

6:30AM: The NWS has issued Wind Chill Advisory that will go into effect at 9 p.m. through 10 a.m. Sunday for portions of northeast Texas. Wind chill values between 9° to -5° are expected in the advisory area. CBS19 Chief Meteorologist Brett Anthony says if you plan to be outside for more than 30 minutes, cover up you fingers, toes, earlobes and the tip of your nose.

5:13AM: The NWS says after a chilly start this morning, temperatures will rebound nicely by this afternoon with highs returning in the 50s. This this will be the last “warm” day through at least the middle of next week. A strong cold front moves in tonight which will help temperatures plummet.

FRIDAY, JAN. 12

1:45PM: The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has extended an existing Weather Watch for Texas.

ERCOT says the watch, which was initially issued for Monday, Jan. 15-Wednesday, Jan. 17, is to due to the expected extreme cold weather, as well as the the possibility for higher electrical demand and lower reserves. They have now added Sunday, Jan. 14 to the Weather Watch window.

9:15AM: The National Weather Service says the likelihood of an Arctic air intrusion across much the East Texas area appears to be increasing for early next week. 

According to the NWS, temperatures will plummet into the 20s and teens. Gusty winds will also make their way to the area, possibly dropping the wind-chills into the single digits.

“This may result in an extended period of freezing temperatures across our region in addition to some wintry precipitation starting late Sunday into Monday,” the NWS said. “Snow, sleet and ice accumulations cannot be ruled out in Monday through Monday night.”

The NWS says East Texas is facing an elevated threat for snow and ice accumulation, and a significant wind chill threat. 

CBS19 Chief Meteorologist Brett Anthony says it’s possible this is the coldest air we see all winter.

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