Latest: The Brazos Valley gears up for major winter weather event
BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - As we attempt a brief thaw early Friday afternoon, now is the time to take the appropriate steps to prepare for an even bigger event with expected major impacts by Valentine’s Day/early next week.
The National Weather Service has already issued a WINTER STORM WATCH for Milam, Robertson, and Leon counties from 12am Sunday through 6pm Monday. Wintry and bitterly cold conditions will likely bring significant travel impacts come Monday.
More winter advisories will be issued over the coming days as Texas gears up for this winter storm. The National Weather Service said Thursday that Southeast Texas can expect to see “major winter impacts” through the upcoming week:
* SURGE OF ARCTIC AIR ARRIVES ON SATURDAY WITH TEMPERATURES
APPROACHING FREEZING ACROSS MOST OF THE AREA BY SUNDAY NIGHT.
* FIRST OF TWO DISTURBANCES ARRIVES ON SATURDAY, BRINGING MOSTLY
RAIN WITH HIGHER CHANCES OF MIXED PRECIP NORTH OF I-10.
* SECOND SYSTEM ARRIVES LATE SUNDAY INTO EARLY MONDAY. WITH
COLDER TEMPERATURES IN PLACE, WIDESPREAD WINTRY PRECIPITATION COULD
IMPACT MOST OF THE AREA DURING THIS TIME.
* BEHIND THE SECOND SYSTEM, PROLONGED STRETCH OF BELOW FREEZING
AND POTENTIALLY HISTORICALLY LOW TEMPERATURES WILL LAST WELL INTO
NEXT WEEK. ANOTHER ROUND OF PRECIPITATION MAY ARRIVE BY MID-WEEK.
The rest of the discussion issued by the National Weather Service can be found here.
As this system moves across the state, temperatures look to free-fall into the teens by Monday afternoon after only starting the day off in the low 20s. Gusty wind conditions will send wind chills into the single digits, near 0°. A mixture of freezing rain/sleet/snow could start as early as Sunday night to pre-sunrise Monday. The current thinking is this system starts as an ice storm but could then change over to snow throughout the day.
Temperatures continue to fall into the single digits by early Tuesday morning (with wind chills below 0° possible) with afternoon highs only expected to reach for the 20s. With the potential for a multi-day, hard freeze in the works as early as Saturday night through Friday morning of next week, now is the time to take the appropriate measures to protect you, your family, your home, pets, plants, and livestock for what could potentially be a historic and highly impactful winter event.
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