TxDOT, Lufkin city crews, zoo staff gear up for expected wintery mix of sleet, snow

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By tomorrow, the wind and rain could give way to sleet and snow.

"Right now, our crews are on stand-by as they always are this time of year and when the weather hits," said Kathi White, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Transportation.

With overnight freezing conditions mixing with the rain, officials are urging for the public to stay safe.

"With inclement weather, you need to change your driving habits," White said. "So what that means in this case is that if ice does develop out there, then you need to slow down on those bridges and overpasses."

TxDOT employees aren't the only ones on stand-by.

"Mainly we are going to concentrate on the bridges and overpasses," said Steve Poskey, the director of Lufkin's Street Department. "Angelina would be a main street with the bridge. Tulane would be a main street. MLK - we would watch it."

The City of Lufkin says they have enough sand to handle their main roads.

A number of schools across Deep East Texas have already decided to start late, but Lufkin ISD will make that decision in the early morning hours.

"Our bus drivers will go out and drive the bus routes at 4 a.m.," said Sheila Adams, a spokeswoman for the Lufkin Independent School District. "And that way, they can make sure the roads are safe and that there aren't any icy patches and make sure we have safe travels in the morning."

And it's not just people taking precautions. Staff members at the Ellen Trout Zoo have already begun to move warm weather animals indoors.

"Although they aren't able to receive weather reports, they do gather," said Dr. Mike Nance, a spokesman for the Ellen Trout Zoo. "We have some animals that get a sense the weather is changing."

If you're hoping to get a jump on the soon-to-be wintery mix hitting the area, click this link for TxDOT weather conditions.

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