URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service

LIBERTY, January 16, 2018 - WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT CST TONIGHT FOR ALL OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS...  A strong arctic cold front has pushed through Southeast Texas. Temperatures will continue to fall across the area with most of Southeast Texas below freezing already and most areas in the 20s. Precipitation will continue to fall throughout the day with the possibility of pockets of heavier precipitation and bands. There will be a transition of precipitation going from freezing rain to sleet and possibly snow. Greatest potential for ice, sleet and snow will be mainly along and north of Interstate 10 and then shift south of Interstate 10 down along the coast later this afternoon. The frozen precipitation will impact elevated surfaces like overpasses and bridges. There will be some accumulations of sleet and ice on structures and vegetation. Where temperatures are below freezing longer, impacts to roads and possibly power lines are expected with icing. Precipitation will end from north to south beginning this afternoon, so portions of the warning may be cancelled early. The area will see breezy north winds, gusting to 25 to 35 mph and even higher at the coast. There will also be hazardous wind chills falling into the teens areawide by this afternoon. Hard Freeze Warnings and Wind Chill Advisories will likely be needed tonight through Wednesday morning.

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT CST TONIGHT... 

* WHAT...Intermittent periods of winter weather across Southeast   Texas, including: - Freezing rain accumulation potentially an   eighth of an inch or more but with a tenth or less more likely.   Minor ice accumulations possible on power lines. - Snowfall   accumulation potentially 1 inch north of Brenham to Livingston.   Trace snowfall amounts possible north of Interstate 10 where   freezing rain is most likely hazard. - Hazardous wind chills   falling into the teens areawide by this afternoon. 

* WHERE...Mainly north of Interstate 10. 

* WHEN...Mainly this morning, decreasing this afternoon through   early this evening from north to south. 

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Impacts of icing to elevated surfaces   such as bridges and overpasses. Road conditions will worsen   for areas with temperatures below freezing for a longer period   of time. Snow falling on top of any icy surfaces will cause   those surfaces to become even more icy.

 
 
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