Cold weather is moving in, and East Texas are already preparing for temperatures below freezing. Firefighters say you should make sure there is plenty of space around any space heaters you are using. Now is also a good time to check the batteries in your smoke alarm. And don't forget to protect your plants and your home's pipes.
Members of an East Texas Sheriff's Department are in mourning over the sudden loss of one of their co-workers. Smith County Sheriff's Deputy Brandon Bennett died in a car crash Thursday, just one day after being named the department's "Rookie of theYear".
People who live near the burned-out remains of a giant tire pile in Hawkins are fed up. They say it's been six months since the pile went up in flames. They think it is taking too long to remove the mass of shredded, burned tires from their neighborhood.
And the race for Governor of Texas is heating up. Governor Rick Perry officially filed his paperwork to run for re-election, and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison is expected to file her paperwork next week to challenge Perry in the Republican Party Primary. Meanwhile, Houston Mayor Bill White is expected to announce today that he's running for the Democratic Party's nomination. East Texas rancher Hank Gilbert, who has been running for the Democratic nomination, also has an announcement scheduled for today.
A winter weather advisory is in effect for Anderson, Cherokee, Nacogdoches, Shelby, Houston, Trinity, Polk, Angelina, San Augustine, and Sabine Counties. Today will be cloudy and cold with light snow developing across the southern half of East Texas. Snow accumulations could reach an inch in the advised areas. High temperatures will reach the upper 30s to near 40. Clouds and snow move out late tonight with low temperatures dropping into the lower 20s. We will see sunshine tomorrow with warmer temperatures reaching near 50 degrees.