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
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:
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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