Winter Storm Update - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

01/16/07 - East Texas

Winter Storm Update

Police and government officials are urging Central Texans to stay off the roads today.

That's as freezing rain continues to glaze Austin-area and Hill Country highways with ice today.

Numerous government offices and private businesses were closed today -- and some flights from Austin Bergstrom International Airport were canceled, including flights to Dallas, Washington and San Francisco.

The wintry weather forced organizers to move today's inauguration ceremonies for Governor Rick Perry and Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst from the Capitol steps into the Texas House chambers.

Public schools have canceled today's classes in Austin and San Antonio area public schools -- as well as at the University of Texas.

If you live in Deep East Texas and are getting ready to head out, be careful.  There are several access roads that are closed due to icy road conditions.

The Highway 59 ramp near the Lufkin Mall is closed; you'll need to use an alternate route.

Also, the Whitehouse/Daniel McCall bridge near Academy Sports and Outdoor in Lufkin is closed due to icy roads.

Lufkin police are reporting several minor accidents, and they are urging motorists to slow down and watch out.

Even so, much of East Texas is breathing a sigh of relief after being spared from what could have been a nasty ice storm overnight. Crews from the Texas Department of Transportation were out in full force starting at about 9 p.m. last night. The crews laid gravel over ice-prone bridges and overpasses. A TxDOT spokesperson tells East Texas News that motorists this morning should be reminded to slow down and watch out for patches of ice on roadways.

KTRE news crews have been out and about this morning and say, for the most part, the roads are pretty clear with only a slight amount of precipatation. The biggest threat seems to be patches of ice on some of the road, so motorists need to be wary. Also, if you left your vehicle outside and exposed, there's probably ice build-up on your windshields, so you'll need to factor in some extra time to clear your windshield and car windows. It's also a good idea to schedule some extra time to get to your morning destination. TxDOT warns motorists to slow down and adjust your driving to suit the weather conditions.

A winter storm warning issued for South Central Texas is expected to remain in effect until this evening. Forecasters say there's also the possibility of snow for West Texas, and that's led to a winter storm watch and a warning for other spots in the region.

If you would like to check on highway conditions across the state, the Texas Department of Transportation has a toll-free phone number you can call. It's 1-800-452-9292.

Due to possible inclement weather, expect the following school closings and/or delays:

Classes delayed until 9 a.m.:

Chester ISD, Center ISD, Central ISD, Groveton ISD, Hudson ISD, and Timpson ISD

Classes delayed until 10 a.m.:

Alto ISD, Apple Springs ISD, Chireno ISD, Corrigan ISD, Eastview Academy, Kennard ISD, Harmony Christian School, Hemphill ISD, Martinsville ISD, San Augustine ISD, Trinity ISD, Zavalla ISD, and Wells ISD

Classes delayed until 10:30 a.m.:

Tenaha ISD

School Closings:

Leggett ISD will be closed Tuesday.

Tyler County Hospital School of Vocational Nursing will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, and will resume classes on Thursday.

Watch the East Texas News and ktre.com for continuing coverage and tracking of this storm.

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