WHAT...A strong storm system will move into the area bringing freezing rain, sleet and snow. Snowfall accumulations of 1/2 to 2 inches are expected north and west of the Highway 59 and Interstate 69 corridor tapering down to maybe 1/10 inch along the immediate coast. Localized higher amounts are possible. This will be on top of a layer of ice between 1/10 to 1/4 inch thick. Additionally, it will become extremely cold, with long stretches of next week spent below freezing well inland. Minimum wind chills may fall below zero well inland as well.
WHERE...Southern parts of Southeast Texas.
WHEN...From 9 PM today to 6 PM Monday.
IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult...if not impossible late Sunday into Monday. The extremely low wind chills as low as 15 below zero will become life threatening to people and animals outside without adequate warmth or shelter! The strong winds could also result in blowing and drifting of snow yielding near white out conditions with visibility less than 1/2 mile at times.
A major winter storm is forecast to occur. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion. Prepare for power outages and have non-perishable food and water on hand. Do not travel unless it is an emergency. If you must travel, keep an extra blanket, flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case you become stranded.
The latest road conditions for Texas can be found at drivetexas.org.
A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant snow... sleet...or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.
A Wind Chill Watch means the there is the potential for a combination of very cold air and strong winds to create dangerously low wind chill values. Monitor the latest forecasts and warnings for updates on this situation.
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