NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - You aren't the only ones listening closely to the weather. Event planners are keeping a close watch on weather forecasts.
San Augustine decided Wednesday to cancel its Friday night parade. Their neighbors in Nacogdoches remain optimistic about the Nine Flags Christmas Festival.
The Nine Flags Over Nacogdoches are whipping in the north wind. So far, it won't blow Saturday night's Nine Flags Christmas Festival out of offering a good time to East Texans.
"We will only cancel the parade only if there is a safety concern, threatening, weather threat. We just listened to the national weather service webinar at 10 a.m.," said Sarah O'Brien, a spokeswoman for Nacogdoches' Nine Flags Festival. "It's going to be cold and wet, so we encourage everybody to dress warm, but as far as we can tell we are going to be a go for Saturday evening."
You won't have to drive far to certainly reach bad driving conditions. Emergency officials advise motorists to postpone travel to places where ice is expected.
"In fact, that's one thing I addressed when I came in this morning with our transport deputies who had a run schedule tomorrow to Austin. I said, ' No, we got to go today,'" said Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges. "Tomorrow is off limits. We're not going to in those areas tomorrow."
The Texas Department of Transportation must prepare for the worse. Gravel trucks are loaded and ready to roll.
"We make random checks when the temperatures fall below 30, said Michael Moore, a TxDOT maintenance supervisor. "We keep a close watch to the news channel. We mainly hit the loop first and both sides of the loop and then we head out 59 to the river bridges and state highways."
Highway crews know they may be needed in other regions. So Moore's last word to them before quitting time is always ...
"Wait for my call," Moore said.
East Texas news will continue to keep you informed on road conditions, possible cancellations and safety advisories. Stay tuned to ktre.com for up to the minute updates.