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February 8, 2011

More sleet, snow headed to East Texas

PALESTINE — Anderson County residents should prepare for more wintry weather this week as another strong cold front is expected to move through the area early Wednesday morning.

“Anderson County and parts of North Texas remain under a winter storm watch,” Jennifer Dunn, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Center in Fort Worth, said Monday night.

The winter storm watch for the area could be changed to an advisory or a warning, depending on the amount of frozen accumulation expected.

“A lot of it is based on the expected impact to the area,” Dunn said about a winter weather advisory/warning.

“This system that’s coming in is similar to the one that impacted North Texas last Monday and Tuesday,” she said.

The weather forecast for Anderson County tonight calls for a 50 percent chance of rain after midnight with a low around 35.

Wednesday morning should bring a 90 percent chance of rain and sleet before noon, then snow and sleet in the afternoon. The temperature will fall below freezing to about 30 by 5 p.m.

“There should be a tapering off of frozen precipitation in the late afternoon (Wednesday) but I wouldn’t be surprised if it didn’t end until the evening hours,” Dunn continued.

The local forecast includes a 20 percent chance of snow and freezing drizzle until about 10 p.m. Wednesday with the overnight low dropping to near 21.

Thursday’s high is expected to climb to near 33 but lows will fall to around 20 Thursday night, meaning any snow or ice that melts during the day likely will freeze up overnight.  

“Watch out for more ice on the roads,” Dunn cautioned motorists. “Even a little amount of frozen precipitation on the roads has an impact on travel. It makes the roads awfully slick.”

Dunn advised Anderson County residents to stay tuned to their local weather stations for the latest information on the weather’s impact to the area.

“The most important thing is for people to keep up with the weather and to start making preparations now. They should change their travel plans and perhaps even stay home if possible,” she said.

“Friday’s high should be up in the 50s so things should be much better,” Dunn said.


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