POSTED: Monday, January 4, 2010 - 7:19pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 12:42pm
Weather forecasters are predicting record-setting low temperatures for the East Texas area at the end of this week.
This weather event is predicted to begin with rain across the East Texas area late Wednesday afternoon and night. This rain will change over to snow, sleet and freezing rain by Thursday morning, with light accumulations possible. Temperatures will fall to sub-freezing levels and remain below freezing through Saturday, with the coldest temperatures Saturday morning, which is predicted to be in the teens. Any standing water will freeze Thursday, and will likely remain frozen into Saturday.
Given the long duration of sub freezing temperatures, Emergency Management Officials encourage citizens to begin preparing now for this event. Everyone should have their vehicles checked for anti-freeze levels and have the ignition system inspected. Make arrangements for pets and livestock. Water pipes left exposed to this weather will freeze and likely break. Mobile homes and pier and beam structures with exposed water lines underneath are at risk for frozen pipes. Un-drained sprinkler systems may also freeze. Everyone should protect any exposed pipes and allow the heat to operate in buildings during this period.
As with any cold weather event, the possible interruption of power and water utilities exists. Citizens should have enough water (one gallon per person, per day) on hand and enough non-perishable food to last through the event.
The elderly and persons with special needs should be checked on frequently.
This is a significant weather event. According to the National Weather Service, this type of cold weather is atypical for this area and has not occurred in 14 years.
Persons needing assistance in the county may call the Sheriffs’ Department at 560-7777. City residents may call the police non-emergency line at 559-2607