Nacogdoches Co.braces for winter storm

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - By Donna McCollum - email

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - A stiff north wind kept everyone moving, but for the most part today's weather wasn't all that bad. The roads were clear, except for a few patches of ice and dustings of sleet. It's tonight and tomorrow superintendents aren't so sure about.

"If you walk out and it's terrible outside than you know, but it's the anticipation of bad weather or there not being bad weather, and that's when it's kinda difficult to make the decision," Martinsville Superintendent Grey Burton said.

Highway 7 east was the first area where an accumulation of ice was discovered on bridges. Emergency crews have spread some gravel and they're watching the roadways closely.

So will school administrators.

"The transportation director and I will be up quite early in the morning driving bus routes to determine if buses will be able to drive or not," Chireno ISD Superintendent Roger Dees said.

It's all about timing.

County Judge Joe English has predictions from the national weather service to help him with weather preparations.

"We do realize in the morning, especially on the east side of the county, the Woden, Etoile, Kingtown, Martinsville, Melrose area is going to experience the heaviest part of the storm and experience a lot of ice," English said.

Oil sand roads will be the most dangerous. If icy, school buses will have to turn back. This is something to consider prior to enacting a computerized notification of a bad weather day.

"Because of the bad weather we're going to start school tomorrow, Friday, February 4, at 10:00," Burton said.

A delayed start time may be replaced with a full snow day, as some districts are already doing. Only time will tell.

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