Ice Storm Halts Travel Across Parts Of East Texas & Leaves Tens Of Thousands Without Power.
POSTED: Friday, February 28, 2014 - 4:33pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 3, 2014 - 5:19pm
(KETK) - Tyler, Tx — ***Precipitation has ended across the vast of majority of East Texas but major icing problems will continue until at least mid to late morning Monday.***
***Travel is highly discouraged in the the central and northern parts of East Texas, including the Tyler-Longview area as many roads are very slick and some secondary roads may even be impassable as 1/2"-2.0" of ice has accumulated in many areas in Tyler, Longview and all areas to the north and west.***
***Many areas to the south of a line from Palestine to Jacksonville and to Henderson line have missed most of the ice, but there can still be some icy bridges and overpasses.***
This has been one of the biggest ice storms in several years for the East Texas area. A shallow layer of very cold air undercut a warm layer of air just a few thousand feet off of the ground resulting in elevated showers and thunderstorms that produced moderate to heavy rain which then froze into sleet and freezing rain as it fell through the much colder air at the ground. The timing of the arrival of the cold air and the heavy precipitation was the worst possible for the Tyler-Longview area as the temperatures reached freezing just before dark and continued to fall reaching the low 20s before midnight, causing previous standing water and slush to freeze solid. Many trees and power lines also came down due to the weight of the ice, resulting in tens of thousands of people without power in the Tyler-Longview area and all across the northern half of East Texas.
While road conditions will remain very slick and hazardous through about 9 or 10 AM, some sunshine during the late morning and afternoon hours on Monday will lead to melting and rapidly improving road conditions during Monday afternoon. In the meantime, East Texans are reminded to stay home if at all possible. More details on KETK, KETnbc.com and on the KETK Facebook page.