The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

March 4, 2014

Winter's icy grip to loosen in area

Palestine Herald-Press


Just when you thought it was safe to pull your favorite floral cargo shorts out of storage, Old Man Winter deals an icy left hook to the residents of Anderson County. But not to fear – the good thing about ice is “it'll melt,” according to meteorologist Dennis Cavanaugh of the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.


Cavanaugh said Monday's compact upper-level storm system was expected to move across central and southeast Texas today, ending up along the coast over the Houston area.


“That system is going to send some moisture north that will result in freezing rain developing over Central Texas, eastward,” Cavanaugh said.


He said residents should take proper precautions, such as driving slow on icy roads. His main advice? Limit sideward movements, and slow down.


“We're expecting some ice accumulations, 1/100th of an inch of so,” he said. “That equates to a little more than just a glaze on most surfaces. The problem is, even a glaze is still slick.”


Cavanaugh said a winter weather advisory would remain in effect for parts of Central Texas, southwest of Anderson County, until noon today. Primary ice accumulations are expected to show up in Austin, south of College Station, bordering the Killeen-Temple area.


“As you get closer to College Station and maybe even south or southwest, that's where we're talking about a tenth of an inch of ice, which has a much greater impact of course,” he said. “But for you all, you're going to be right on the northern fringe of where we get frozen precipitation.”


Cavanaugh said the wintry mix shouldn't last too long.


“We do have early (Tuesday) morning a chance of sleet and freezing rain in the forecast for Anderson County. But the good news is really that no matter what happens, we have forecasts getting above freezing into the 40s, so whatever happens should melt during the afternoon hours.”