East Texans prepare for round 2 of possible snow

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Monday night will mark thesecond night in less than a week that the Deep East Texas area will witnesssnowfall.

While it is still unclearabout which area is getting snow, sleet or nothing, it is clear that people aretaking notice from last week's events.

The Texas Department ofTransportation as well as Lufkin and Nacogdoches city crews have been put backon call, ready to go at a moment's notice.

"It's the same aslast week," TxDOT Spokesperson Kathi White said. "Our guys are on standby; ourtrucks are loaded and ready to go."

Schools have also startedto prepare. Lufkin and Nacogdoches have delayed until 10 a.m., and schools tothe south like Corrigan have canceled all day. School officials noted that lastweek has given them a better sense of what to do.

"Welooked at the weather forecasts and since there is a possibility and we areunder that winter weather advisory, we thought that a late start might beprudent," Pineywoods Community Academy Superintendent Bruce Marchand said. "Thefact is that we began to look at what other places were doing, with most placesdoing the 10 o'clock start."

The number one concern forTuesday is the roads, and drivers beware, a good set of tires may not help.

"Your tires need tobe half or better in tread depth, but even with that you have brand new tires,doesn't mean they are going to get traction on ice," Cook Tires & Serviceowner Mark Cook said."

TxDOT is also giving thesame warning.

"When it gets icy,you need to get off the roads and when we say, 'stay off the roads', you reallyneed to stay off the roads," White said. "I think a lot of motorists found thatto be true in this last situation."

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