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January 31, 2011

Winter Weather Advisory posted through Tuesday afternoon

Corsicana — The National Weather Service is predicting a severe cold front sweeping through Monday night and throughout the day Tuesday, with freezing rain, sleet and temperatures in the 20s.

The worst of the rain and sleet should be cleared out by late afternoon Tuesday, although the freezing temperatures will make the possibility of ice on bridges and overpasses more likely.

Snow is predicted for the Dallas areas, and it could hit as far south as Waxahachie, but it’s not predicted for Navarro County. This part of the state is predicted to get freezing rain and ice, instead.

The arctic blast will stay with us all week, with temperatures only getting above freezing for a short time Thursday afternoon and then climbing again on Friday afternoon, although a second front of snow is possible this weekend. Lows during the week will be in the teens starting Tuesday night, and dipping back into the teens each night until Friday morning. No more precipitation is expected until possibly Friday, when snow could fall, although it’s too early to say for sure, according to forecasters.

“It’s going to be really quickly evolving situation,” said Eric Meyers, Navarro County Emergency Management Coordinator. “There’s a possibility of strong thunderstorms and severe weather tonight, with rapidly falling temperatures, rain, and then that rain could change to light freezing rain and sleet.”

Once the front comes through temperatures will remain below freezing (32 degrees) all week until Friday, Meyers said.

The highest temperatures will be in the 20s, with wind chills as low as zero to five above zero Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

“The biggest factors are going to be pets outside, and people outside,” he said. “We’ll have gusty winds of 30 to 35 miles per hour.”

Even after this front clears off Friday there’s another front behind it that could bring snow, according to forecasts from the National Weather Service. That front is still unclear, but meteorologists could have a better idea of what’s to come later in the week.

The worst weather in this area will be north of Interstate 20 and west of Interstate 35, where forecasters are predicting as much as four to six inches of ice and snow.

“That’s a big hit for areas north of the Metroplex,” Meyers said. “Our heaviest possibility of accumulation is a tenth of an inch, if that.”

In preparation for the worst, the Texas Department of Transportation was already loading trucks with sand early Monday, according to Ronald Fitts, maintenance supervisor. The department has options for taking care of the roads, from sand to de-icer to using blades to clear the roads, he said.

The trucks will roll as soon as the weather hits, and continue east or south as the storm continues through the area.

“It depends on the storm,” he said. “We go where we’re needed.”

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Janet Jacobs may be reached via e-mail at jacobs@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “sound off” to this article? E-mail: Soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com

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