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DPS Advises Texans to Stay Cautious During Winter Weather

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AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is urging Texans to monitor weather forecasts and take necessary precautions as winter weather and cold temperatures sweep across the state. According to current weather forecasts, parts of North Texas, West Texas and the Texas Panhandle could experience wintery precipitation, including light to moderate snow accumulations, beginning late Thursday through Friday. Drivers are advised to monitor weather conditions before hitting the road, and if possible, avoid unnecessary travel in the impacted areas.

“It is important to remember that winter weather threats can emerge quickly, including low temperatures and freezing precipitation, which can endanger Texans if they’re not prepared,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “DPS is calling on individuals to monitor weather and take the necessary steps to stay safe and avoid hazardous conditions posed by any possible weather threats this week and throughout this winter season.”

This week and throughout the winter season, the Texas State Operations Center will continually monitor weather conditions and maintain close contact with state agencies and the National Weather Service.

DPS offers the following tips for staying safe during possible winter weather this season:

  • Monitor local weather broadcasts and follow up-to-the-minute weather conditions, at http://www.weather.gov/.
  • Purchase an all-hazards weather radio for up-to-date warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information.
  • Sign up for your local emergency notification system.
  • On icy roads, drive slowly, increase distance required for stopping, and avoid using cruise control.
  • Watch for downed trees and power lines across roads. If power is out, treat all intersections as four-way stops.
  • Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained before any trip.
  • Keep your gas tank full.
  • Avoid traveling when sleet, freezing rain or snow is predicted, and monitor road conditions by visiting www.drivetexas.org or by calling 1-800-452-9292.

Winterize your vehicle by checking the battery, windshield wipers (including appropriate freeze resistant-fluid), tire pressure, tire tread, fluid levels, and lubricate door and trunk locks to prevent freezing. In addition, here is a list of emergency supplies drivers can keep in their vehicle:

  • Blankets/sleeping bags, extra clothing, gloves and a hat.
  • Cell phone, radio, flashlight and extra batteries.
  • First-aid kit and pocket knife.
  • High calorie, non-perishable food and bottled water.
  • Bag of sand or cat litter to provide traction for tires.
  • Windshield scraper, tool kit, booster cables, tow rope and a shovel.

Here are some additional steps to prepare for winter weather:

  • Insulate outside faucets and pipes near outer walls.
  • Make sure that furnaces, heaters, fireplaces and wood stoves are clean, well-ventilated and in good working condition.
  • Make arrangements for proper shelter and an emergency supply of food and water for your pets and livestock.
  • Stock up on firewood and supplies, including canned goods and bottled water.
  • If you will be away from home for a long period of time, set your thermostat to 55 degrees or higher and open cabinets under sinks.
  • Make sure you have inclement weather contact numbers for schools and work.
  • Check on friends and family members whose health or age may put them at greater risk from cold weather.

During the winter season, residents can contact 2-1-1 Texas, the state’s free 24-hour helpline, to check on possible community-established warming centers or related services in their area. No matter where you live in Texas, you can dial 2-1-1 or (877) 541-7905 for community resources.

Visit https://www.dps.texas.gov/dem/threatawareness/winterstorm.htm  for additional information and tips regarding winter weather preparedness.

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This week on the Lonestar Outdoors Radio Show with Cable Smith

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We get things going by talking snow goose and specklebelly hunting with guide Chris Slemp- owner of Live Oak Outdoors. The longtime El Campo, TX waterfowler breaks down the do’s and dont’s for each species. We talk decoy spreads, calling, shot shell selection, concealment and much more. Then we unplug our guns and hit the spring snow goose conservation season! It’s all things goose hunting coming at ya with one of the best.

Next, we hit the water with Trev Gowdy- longtime host of Outdoor Channel’s ‘Monster Fish’. Trev has spent the better part of a decade traveling the globe internationally and domestically in search of the next big catch. The New Times even called him the most well rounded angler on the planet. All that aside, Trev is as down to earth as they come so we pick his brain on a myriad of topics related to both fresh and saltwater angling.

We round out the broadcast with my ‘Six Late Season Duck Hunting Tips”. In 15 or so years of relentlessly chasing ducks, I’ve come to love the last 3-4 weeks of the season more so than any other time period. Maybe it’s the ice on Belle’s coat, or steam coming off the water…but more likely it’s the thrill of outsmarting late season puddle ducks that really gets my blood flowing. These birds have been shot at for over a 1000 miles, they’ve heard every call and seen every Mojo on God’s green earth. So, decoying these wary birds has become something I take alot of pride in. I’ll talk decoy spreads, motion decoys, hunting a head wind (crazy right?) and offer up a few retriever tips as well.

Join us Saturday Morning at 8, on Texas Thunder Radio!

Cable Smith
Owner/Host  Lone Star Outdoors Show
Twitter: @LonestarOutdoor

TTR Weather Update including information for Goliad and Victoria Counties, Victoria Crossroads Area, and Coastal Bend from NWS Corpus Christi

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…Freeze WATCH and Wind Chill Advisory for ALL of South Texas Tonight/Saturday Morning…

No Winter Precipitation is Expected…

Briefing:

Cold conditions will prevail today across South Texas. Temperatures will fall into the 30s this morning and likely fail to reach 40 degrees during the day. The cold temperatures, along with brisk and gusty north winds, will result in wind chill values this morning lowering to 20 to 25 degrees across the Northern Coastal Bend. Elsewhere, wind chills will likely lower into the upper 20s to around 30 degrees…with only minor improvement occurring this afternoon.

Cold conditions are expected tonight. A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect for all of South Texas tonight into Saturday morning with minimum wind chill values of 15 to 25 degrees expected. A Freeze Watch is also in effect for of South Texas tonight and Saturday morning. Temperatures are expected to fall into the mid to upper 20s across inland counties (around 30 degrees for Laredo). The coastal counties can expect a brief light freeze around 30 degrees to the lower 30s (warmest along the coast).

Areas of light rain and drizzle may occur today, especially this morning. At this time, no wintry precipitation of significance is expected today. However, an isolated sleet/ice pellet may occur across the area, but impacts should be nil.

An additional round of freezing temperatures are expected for inland areas Saturday Night into Sunday Morning.

Small Craft Advisories continue for all marine areas. Marine wind speeds may temporarily decrease in intensity this afternoon, but quickly restrengthen this evening to levels slightly stronger than what were experienced early this morning. A few gusts to gale force may occur tonight across marine areas.South Texas Impacts:

  • Wind Chills:
    • Values lowering to 20 to 25 degrees this morning across the Northern Coastal Bend.
    • Values in the upper 20s to around 30 degrees elsewhere.
    • Only minor improvement expected this afternoon.
    • Values lowering to 15 to 25 degrees tonight into Saturday morning.
  • Freezing Temperatures:
    • Freeze Watch for all of South Texas tonight into Saturday morning.
    • Lows mid to upper 20s across inland counties (around 30 degrees for Laredo).
  • Lows around 30 degrees across coastal counties (around 32 along the coast).
  • Wintry Precip:
    • Likely none.
    • One or two ice pellets mixed in with light rain and drizzle.
    • No wintry precip impacts are expected at this time.
  • Marine Conditions:
    • North winds around 25 knots, gradually weakening some this afternoon.
    • Restrengthening wind speeds tonight to 25 to 30 knots.
    •  Few gusts to gale force possible tonight.
    • Bays rough to occasionally very rough, especially this evening and overnight.
    • Seas 7 to 10 feet with locally higher seas possible

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Additional Information Resources:

NWS Corpus Christi Webpage: www.weather.gov/crp/

Sincerely,

Rob Hart
Forecaster
NWS Corpus Christi, TX

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TTR Weather Update including information for Colorado, Jackson, and Wharton Counties from NWS Houston/Galveston

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Hope you got your coats handy. Very cold air will be pouring into the region on stiff north winds today and tonight. Some patchy light rain will be possible across the areas south of a Bellville to Huntsville line and a few flakes of snow or sleet may be possible there.

Precipitation: Patchy light freezing drizzle or ice pellets may fall north of that line this morning but the ground is warm and is unlikely to cause any issues. The exception being any elevated roads or bridges along and north of a line from Caldwell to College Station to Groveton where patchy ice may be possible.

Wind and wind chills will be problem today through Saturday morning.

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Saturday night and Sunday morning will be the coldest of the season with a long period of below freezing temperatures and hard freeze may be possible as far south as the Highway 59 corridor including the northern half of Harris county.

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Wind: Wind advisory in effect across Wharton and the immediate coastal counties today with winds of 20 to 30 mph and gusty through 6 am Saturday.
Over the bays and coastal waters 20 to 30 knots of north winds with higher gusts. Small craft advisories are in effect. A gale watch is up for the waters beyond 20 nautical miles for tonight where wind gusts around 35 knots will be possible.

Kent Prochazka/Melissa Huffman
National Weather Service Houston/Galveston
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Freeze Warnings and Hard Freeze Warnings have been issued for portions of the TTR Listening Area.

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Patchy drizzle or freezing drizzle, where temperatures are below 32 degrees, will be possible. Some bridges, elevated objects, or cars may accumulate patches of ice. Surface roads are expected to remain ice free.

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR DEWITT, FAYETTE, GONZALES, AND LAVACA COUNTIES IN SOUTH-CENTRAL TEXAS:

VERY COLD TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TODAY WITH MOST OF THE HILL COUNTRY COUNTIES REMAINING BELOW FREEZING. THERE WILL BE THE CHANCE OF FREEZING DRIZZLE THIS MORNING WHERE TEMPERATURES ARE BELOW FREEZING, BUT ACCUMULATIONS ON ROADWAYS ARE NOT EXPECTED. A HARD FREEZE IS EXPECTED SATURDAY AND SUNDAY MORNING WITH LOWS NEAR 20 DEGREES BOTH MORNINGS.

HARD FREEZE WARNING ISSUED FOR COLORADO COUNTY, TEXAS – INCLUDING THE CITIES OF COLUMBUS, EAGLE LAKE, AND WEIMAR .

…HARD FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 10 AM CST SATURDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HOUSTON/GALVESTON HAS ISSUED A HARD FREEZE WARNING WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 10 AM CST SATURDAY.

  • EVENT…
    HARD FREEZE OF 22 TO 25 DEGREES.
  • TIMING…
    MIDNIGHT THROUGH 10 AM SATURDAY.

  • IMPACT…
    SENSITIVE VEGETATION AND EXPOSED PIPES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A HARD FREEZE WARNING MEANS SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES ARE IMMINENT OR HIGHLY LIKELY. THESE CONDITIONS WILL KILL CROPS AND OTHER SENSITIVE VEGETATION.

FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT FOR CALHOUN, GOLIAD AND VICTORIA COUNTIES FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO 10 AM CST SATURDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CORPUS CHRISTI HAS ISSUED A FREEZE WARNING, WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO 10 AM CST SATURDAY.

  • TEMPERATURE…MID 20S OVER THE NORTHERN AREAS AND AROUND 30 OVER THE SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF SOUTH TEXAS.
  • IMPACTS…FREEZING TEMPERATURES CAN CAUSE SIGNIFICANT HEALTH HAZARDS. THOSE OUTSIDE SHOULD WEAR ADDITIONAL LAYERS OF CLOTHING INCLUDING HATS…SCARVES…AND GLOVES. PETS SHOULD BE PROVIDED SHELTER…AND PLANTS MAY NEED TO BE COVERED.

*PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…A FREEZE WARNING MEANS SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES ARE IMMINENT OR HIGHLY LIKELY. THESE CONDITIONS WILL KILL CROPS AND OTHER SENSITIVE VEGETATION.

…WIND CHILL WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO 9 AM CST SATURDAY AND WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH 3 AM SATURDAY AND FROM 9 AM TO NOON CST SATURDAY FOR GOLIAD AND VICTORIA COUNTIES…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CORPUS CHRISTI HAS ISSUED A WIND
CHILL WARNING, WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO 9 AM CST SATURDAY.
A WIND CHILL ADVISORY HAS ALSO BEEN ISSUED THROUGH 3 AM
SATURDAY…THEN FROM 9 AM TO NOON CST SATURDAY.
THIS IS FOR THE COUNTIES OF LIVE OAK…BEE…GOLIAD…VICTORIA…
SAN PATRICIO AND REFUGIO.

* WIND CHILL VALUES…MINIMUM WIND CHILL VALUES BETWEEN 15 TO 25
DEGREES DURING THE ADVISORY PERIOD…WITH WIND CHILLS FROM 10 TO
15 DEGREES DURING THE WIND CHILL WARNING PERIOD.

* IMPACTS…PERSONS EXPOSED TO THE COLD WITHOUT PROPER WINTER
WEATHER CLOTHING COULD EXPERIENCE HEALTH RISKS DUE TO LACK OF
ACCLIMATION TO THE SHARP TEMPERATURE CHANGES. RESIDENTS SHOULD
ALSO REMEMBER TO BRING PETS INDOORS AS THEY MAY ALSO BECOME
STRESSED BY THE SHARP TEMPERATURE CHANGE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS
WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN
FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.
IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS…MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND
GLOVES.

A WIND CHILL WARNING MEANS THE COMBINATION OF VERY COLD AIR AND
STRONG WINDS WILL CREATE DANGEROUSLY LOW WIND CHILL VALUES. THIS
WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA OR DEATH IF
PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.

FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM CST TONIGHT TO 10 AM CST SATURDAY AND WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST SATURDAY FOR JACKSON AND WHARTON COUNTIES

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HOUSTON/GALVESTON HAS ISSUED A FREEZE WARNING…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 10 AM CST SATURDAY.

  • EVENT…NORTH WINDS 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS OF 25 TO 35 MPH. FREEZING TEMPERATURES OF 28 TO 32 DEGREES.
  • TIMING…WIND ADVISORY THROUGH 6 AM SATURDAY. FREEZE WARNING MIDNIGHT THROUGH 10 AM SATURDAY.

  • IMPACT…WINDS WILL IMPACT EAST TO WEST ORIENTED ROADWAYS. FREEZING TEMPERATURES WILL IMPACT VEGETATION. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… DRIVERS OF VANS…CAMPERS…TRAILERS…AND OTHER HIGH-PROFILE VEHICLES SHOULD BE ALERT TO THE DANGER OF THESE WINDS… ESPECIALLY WHEN DRIVING ALONG EAST TO WEST ORIENTED ROADS.

A FREEZE WARNING MEANS SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES ARE IMMINENT OR HIGHLY LIKELY. THESE CONDITIONS WILL KILL CROPS AND OTHER SENSITIVE VEGETATION.

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Much colder temperatures are in store for the end of the work week through the weekend across south central Texas. Widespread morning freezes along with with morning wind chills in the teens and 20s Saturday and Sunday. A warming trend is expected for early next week.

Now here’s your Texas Thunder Radio Weather Forecast from the National Weather Service in Austin-San Antonio:

Rest Of Today: Much colder. Cloudy. Slight chance of rain and patchy drizzle early in the morning…then a slight chance of rain in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 30s. North winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent. Wind chill readings 20 to 25.

Tonight: Colder. Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 20s. North winds 10 to 20 mph. Wind chill readings 15 to 20.

Saturday: Sunny. Highs in the lower 40s. North winds 10 to 15 mph. Lowest wind chill readings 15 to 20 in the morning.

Saturday Night: Clear. Lows in the mid 20s. North winds 5 mph. Wind chill readings 20 to 25.

Sunday: Sunny. Highs around 50. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the southeast in the afternoon. Lowest wind chill readings 20 to 25 in the morning.

Sunday Night And Monday: Warmer. Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s. Highs in the upper 60s.

Monday Night: Warmer. Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 50s. Temperature steady or slowly rising after midnight.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 70s.

Tuesday Night Through Thursday: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 50s. Highs in the upper 70s.

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