Ice storm warning issued for ETX, drastic weather changes ahead

Ice storm warning issued for ETX, drastic weather changes ahead
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 6:05pm

The National Weather Service has issued an ice storm warning in effect beginning Thursday night through Friday afternoon for locations along and northwest of a line from Tyler and Linden to Lewisville and Prescott, Arkansas.

According to the NWS, an arctic cold front will be moving through the region late Wednesday and Thursday. Rain will develop behind the front on Thursday but temperatures are expected to remain above freezing. Temperatures will begin to drop below freezing by Thursday evening, north of the Interstate 30 corridor of Northeast Texas,

The shallow nature of the subfreezing airmass will likely result in the cold rain becoming freezing rain. Ice accumulations Thursday night through Friday northwest of the I-30 corridor could exceed half an inch while along and south of the I-30 corridor, ice accumulation from freezing rain could approach one quarter of an inch.

The ice storm warning is in effect from 6:00 p.m., Thursday to 6:00 p.m., Friday. 

An ice storm warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected to occur and significant amounts of ice accumulations will make travel dangerous or impossible. TIavel is strongly discouraged. if you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. Ice accumulations and winds will likely lead to snapped power lines and falling tree branches that add to the danger.

Due to ground warmth, ice accumulation will likely be on elevated objects such as bridges, overpasses, trees and electrical lines. However, if the temperature can stay below freezing long enough into Saturday, few secondary roadways may become hazardous as well.

Stick with KETK, the best weather team in East Texas, for up-to the-minute updates on all you need to know to be prepared for the drastic change in weather.

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