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Winter Storm Warning for Abilene and West Texas

Icy Road

We got a taste of winter a couple weeks back, but now we’re in store for a full serving as an arctic blast makes its way towards our neck of the woods.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for West Central Texas.

Last updated 12/5/13 – 6:30pm

This arctic front will stick around til early next week. You can expect widespread wintry precipitation. Accumulations of sleet and freezing rain will begin across I-20, from Sweetwater to Abilene by Thursday afternoon, then spread southward across the rest of the area by Thursday night.

The National Weather Service in San Angelo has issued a winter storm warning for freezing rain and sleet…which is in effect from noon Thursday to noon Friday.

* Impacts: with ground temperatures falling to well below freezing…ice will develop easily on area roadways. Dangerous driving conditions due to icy roads are likely. Ice accumulations on trees and power lines may cause damage… perhaps resulting in power outages as well.

* Timing: freezing rain and sleet will develop by Thursday afternoon along and north of Interstate 20…and may start Thursday morning across Haskell and Throckmorton counties. A more significant precipitation event…mainly freezing rain and sleet…is possible Thursday night and Friday morning.

* Accumulations: a mixture of freezing rain and sleet will result in ice accumulations of one quarter to one half inch. If the precipitation falls mainly as sleet…accumulations will be higher.

* Dangerous wind chill readings will also be possible…dropping to near zero by Friday morning.

* Precautionary/preparedness actions…A winter storm warning means significant amounts of snow…sleet…and ice are expected or occurring. Strong winds are also possible. This will make travel very hazardous or impossible.


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