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Winter Weather Alert Continues for Hays County and Region Feb. 12-15

Below is the forecast from the National Weather Service through Monday. Weather conditions can change quickly; be sure to check local news and weather services for updates.

Freezing drizzle is occurring this morning through the Hill Country and portions of the I-35 corridor. This is forecast to end late morning.
✓ Additional light glazing of ice could occur on elevated surface this morning where temperatures are freezing. Some icy roadways, especially bridges and overpasses, still exist from Thursday’s freezing rain.
✓ Travel could be difficult in some areas this morning. Use extra caution if you must drive.
✓ Isolated to scattered power outages may continue.

Another round of freezing rain is likely through the Hill Country and portions of the I-35 corridor Saturday through Saturday night.
✓ Icy roadways, especially on bridges and overpasses, are expected.
✓ For locations in the Hill Country that don’t rise above freezing today, the ice developing Saturday could be added onto what’s already there from Friday, exacerbating issues with falling trees and scattered power outages.
✓ Travel could be difficult in some areas.

A stronger surge of cold, arctic air is forecast late Sunday into Monday.
✓ An initial mix of rain, freezing rain, and sleet is forecast Sunday afternoon and evening, with
a changeover to all snow Sunday night into Monday morning.
✓ Travel will become very difficult in many areas, especially the further north you go
✓ Initial snowfall accumulation forecast calls for ½ to 3 inches of snow across the region.
Additional fluctuations to this forecast are likely.
✓ Bitterly cold air will spill into the region, with temperatures plummeting to a hard freeze Sunday evening and not returning to above freezing for most areas until Tuesday afternoon.
✓ Low temperatures in the single digits to teens are forecast Sunday and Monday mornings
✓ Wind chill values could range from -10 to 10 degrees in some areas.

With the anticipated freezing temperatures, it is important to prepare. Below are some tips:

Keep your water pipes from freezing. Freezing pipes can bust and be very expensive to replace.

  • Turn off irrigation systems
  • Keep the heat turned on
  • Allow faucets to drip
  • Keep interior doors open
  • Seal up cracks and holes
  • Apply heating tape
  • Add extra insulation

 Wear appropriate clothing if you have to go outdoors,

  • Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing
  • Wear a hat
  • Try to stay dry and out of the wind
  • Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extreme cold
  • Mittens, snug at the wrist, are better than gloves.

Animals should also have appropriate shelter from freezing temperatures.

  • Bring them inside if possible, or put them in a garage, barn, shed, etc.
  • Keep their area dry
  • Make sure they have blankets/beds
  • Protect their area from wind
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