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Saturday forecast: Hard freeze on the way, cancellations

Snow flurries cover this picnic table in Polk County Snow flurries cover this picnic table in Polk County
Snow flurries circle the air and disappear before they hit the ground in Lufkin Snow flurries circle the air and disappear before they hit the ground in Lufkin

EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - A winter storm warning remains in effect for many of the western and southern counties in East Texas.  Snow flurries are being reported in and around Angelina County.  "The Lufkin area should see no more than about an inch accumulation of snow," according to KTRE Chief Meteorologist Brad Hlozek.   

As weather conditions are expected to deteriorate over the next 24 hours, please be advised that Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) crews are on standby to make East Texas roadways travel ready.  "Traveling shouldn't be a major problem because the precipitation should be over when temperatures drop below freezing tonight, however, motorists should watch bridges and overpasses because those areas are usually the most susceptible," Hlozek said.

TxDOT forces have prepped their vehicles to spread rock over bridges and overpasses should it be required due to icy conditions.  The chances for snow will begin to taper off later on tonight as the upper air disturbance pushes off to our east.

"East Texans can expect hard freeze warnings to remain in effect for most of the area through Saturday morning.  The low tonight will be in the 20's.  Saturday will be cold with lots of sunshine and highs in the 40's.  Then on Sunday a slight chance of rain returns to the forecast with highs in the 50's,"  Hlozek said. 

You can get up to the minute weather conditions using Live Doppler 9 Radar here at KTRE.com and with KTRE9TOGO on your cell phone.  Brad will be tracking weather developments on KTRE-TV.

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Cancellations:

  • The Lufkin Panthers Mothers Club has canceled the Lil' Panthers Round-Up due to the inclement weather.

TxDOT offers winter driving tips

Rain during very cold temperatures can often develop into sleet or snow, which can create roadway hazards for motorists.  To minimize the potential hazards The Texas Department of Transportation offers the following tips for safe winter driving this holiday season:

  • Make sure vehicle is maintained for winter weather conditions by checking fuel and antifreeze levels. Never drive with your fuel gauge near empty. 
  • Check tires, lights and battery. Use no-freeze fluid in the windshield washer reservoir to help keep vehicle windows clear in cold temperatures.
  • Drive with caution on bridges and overpasses since elevated roadways freeze over first.
  • A little snow or ice can be just as dangerous as a lot of it.  Snow and ice can melt as the temperature rises during the day only to refreeze as glazed ice as temperatures dip below freezing again.
  • Listen to weather broadcasts prior to and during travel. Call TxDOT's toll-free highway conditions at 1-800-452-9292 or use Texas road conditions on the Internet at http://www.txdot.gov/travel/road_conditions.htm.
  • During these conditions only make trips that are necessary.
  • Stay in the vehicle if stranded/stalled and wait for help. Use car heater sparingly and with plenty of ventilation while doing so. Stay awake and move around as much as possible to maintain circulation and body warmth.
  • For severe winter weather keep flashlight, new batteries, jumper cables, matches, abrasive material (sand, kitty litter, even floor mats), shovel, ice scraper, warning devices (like flares) and blankets in the vehicle. For long trips, take along water, non-perishable food, medicine and a cell phone. Inform others route and arrival time.
  • Plan ahead by allowing plenty of time for travel. Be prepared for possible delays by leaving early.
  • Buckle up and use child safety seats properly.
  • Do not drink and drive. 

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