Severe weather updates for East Texas
TYLER, Texas – Extremely cold and wintry weather is set to impact East Texas over the next few days.
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5PM: According to Chief Meteorologist Brett Anthony, the National Weather Service has expanded the winter storm warning to include more counties south and east of Tyler. The warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. Monday.
All indicators point to a period of sleet and freezing rain that will become heavier overnight in the first part of Monday. At this time, there appears to be up to 0.5 inch of freezing rain and possibly freezing rain over parts of East Texas.
Currently, the Weather Prediction Center only rates this storm as a Level 1 of 5 on its Winter Storm Severity Index. But even limited impacts can mean big problems for roads and power lines.
The other part of the story is the extreme cold. That will be a problem, especially Monday night into Tuesday when temperatures drop around 10 degrees and wind chill values approach zero.
4:44 pm: According to ERCOT, a conservation call has been issued for Monday, January 15, from 6 to 10 a.m. Central Time. Operating reserves are expected to be low tomorrow morning due to continued freezing temperatures, record demand and unusually low winds. We ask Texas businesses and residents to conserve electricity, if it is safe to do so. At this time, if you experience an outage, it is local in nature and not related to network reliability.
4:22 pm: According to TxDOT, ice has begun to form on bridges, overpasses and roads in Henderson Co. on SH 198, SH 334 and US 175. Crews are patrolling and plowing the land. If you can, please stay home.
3:58 PM: According to the National Weather Service, conditions are expected to be very cold tonight with low temperatures in the mid 20s to lower 20s, with wintry rain expected across much of the area.
3:29PM: According to TxDOT, multiple locations north of 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.
3:22 pm: Snow is falling and icy accumulation is expected in the Hallsville area of Harrison County.
3 pm: It’s starting to snow outside the CBS19 studios. Tune in at 10pm for coverage from our team.
2:45 pm: According to TxDOT, ice is accumulating on bridges and overpasses in Gregg County. TxDOT says icing has been reported on I-20, as well as on the bridges at the SH 135/I-20 and SH 31/I-20 interchanges. If you can stay home, please do so. Temperatures will continue to drop.
1:54 pm: TxDOT crews will go to 24-hour schedules this evening with crews working from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., monitoring roads, bridges and overpasses. #txox
1:05 PM: The Smith County Fire Marshal’s Office is seeing some ice accumulation on the roads. Please stay home if you don’t have to go out. If you are driving, please be careful as some roads may have icy or black ice.
12:58 PM: Mabank Police are currently working on vehicle collisions in the area due to icy road conditions.
12:57PM: CR 198 in the Payne Springs areas is considered very slick, according to Payne Springs Fire and Rescue. Officials say cars sink into the snow, causing it to melt. Then it freezes again as black ice. Drivers are advised to stay home.
11:30 AM: CBS19 Chief Meteorologist Brett Anthony Provides a winter storm update – there is already a light freezing drizzle and some small snowflakes but the roads are good now. This is expected to change later tonight.
5:12 AM: According to the National Weather Service, 0.1 to 0.25 inches of freezing rain is expected to accumulate across much of the area, including I-20.
1 am: After a freeze tonight, temperatures will try to rebound. But they will struggle to reach the 30s. The cold will be exacerbated by winter rain starting in the afternoon. This will continue steadily throughout the night and into Monday morning. As temperatures drop below zero, this may cause some problems on roads and bridges.
5:30 pm: The NWS has issued a Hard Freeze Warning effective Saturday at 6 p.m. through Sunday noon for the following counties:
4:25 p.m.: City of Marshall offers generator safety tips ahead of winter storms:
4:05 PM: CBS19 weather forecasters released a weather report for the day Sunday afternoon through Monday. Expect sleet, freezing rain and some flurries during this time.
3 pm: A winter storm warning will be in effect for the majority of East Texas from noon Sunday through Monday at 6 p.m
6:30 AM: The NWS has issued a wind chill warning that will go into effect 9 p.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday for parts of Northeast Texas. Wind chill values are expected to range between 9 degrees to -5 degrees in the advisory area. CBS19 Chief Meteorologist Brett Anthony He says if you plan to be outside for more than 30 minutes, cover your fingers, toes, earlobes and the tip of your nose.
5:13AM: The National Weather Service says that after a cold start this morning, temperatures will rebound nicely by the afternoon with highs back in the 50s. This will be the last “warm” day until at least the middle of next week. A strong cold front moves in tonight which will help temperatures drop.
1:45 PM: the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has extended its current weather watch for Texas.
ERCOT says the watch, initially issued for Monday, January 15 – Wednesday, January 17, will reflect the expected extreme cold weather, as well as the potential for higher electricity demand and lower reserves. They have now added Sunday, January 14 to their weather watching window.
9:15 AM: The National Weather Service says the possibility of Arctic air creeping through much of East Texas appears to be increasing early next week.
According to NWS, Temperatures will drop into the 20s and teens. Gusty winds will also make their way into the area, likely bringing wind chills down to the single digits.
“This could bring an extended period of freezing temperatures across our area as well as some wintry precipitation beginning late Sunday into Monday,” the National Weather Service said. “Accumulation of snow, sleet and ice cannot be ruled out Monday into Monday night.”
nuclear weapons He says East Texas faces an increased threat of snow and ice accumulation, and a significant threat of cold winds.
CBS19 Chief Meteorologist Brett Anthony says this is likely the coldest air we’ll see all winter.
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