EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - The cold and rainy weather has made for a dreary day so far in the Piney Woods of Deep East Texas. As our temperatures continue to plummet this afternoon, we will see the rain change over to sleet and snow as we head into the evening hours.
Due to the expected winter weather conditions, we now have a **WINTER STORM WARNING** that has been issued for Houston, Polk, and Trinity counties through Noon on Friday.
A **WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY** is in effect for Angelina, Cherokee, Nacogdoches, Sabine, San Augustine, and Shelby counties through 9am Friday as well as Jasper, Newton, and Tyler counties through Noon on Friday.
These advisories simply mean that you will want to use caution if you have to travel on any area roadways throughout East Texas this evening, overnight, and into early Friday morning. While I am not expecting any major icing issues, those elevated surfaces, such as bridges and overpasses, could be slippery in spots.
In terms of our wintry precipitation type, I believe most of us will see sleet and snow tonight. It is possible our far southern counties and communities could have a little freezing rain, but most of the icing threat should remain well to the south of Lufkin and Nacogdoches.
In terms of snowfall, our latest high resolution computer model suggests about one-half to one inch is possible between now and daybreak on Friday. That would certainly be a nice dusting, but not worthy of building any big snowmen.
In addition to the snow and sleet, blustery north winds and freezing temperatures will put our feels like (wind chill) values in the 20's and possibly even the teens early tomorrow morning.
Make sure you bundle up and avoid those biting wind chill values at all costs.
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