The predicted high for today is 68, but by tonight, the temperature could fall below the freezing point.
For that reason, the Texas Department of Transportation was out Thursday evening and again Friday treating the roadways, bridges and overpasses in the Killeen area with brine to prevent ice from forming.
“We’re looking at Saturday night into Sunday with some precipitation possible,” said Ken Roberts, TxDot spokesman. “This is a pretreatment to hinder the freezing that could take place.”
Roberts added, “We’re trying to be proactive.”
He said the brine consists of 75 percent water and 25 percent salt, and is not hazardous.
“Salt and water. That’s all it is,” Roberts said.
Bridges and overpasses, and the approaches to those sections of roadway, would be the first to freeze if the temperature drops, Roberts said. “It may not happen, but we want to be ready in the event that it does.”
The National Weather Service forecast for today and Sunday includes a 30 percent chance of precipitation.
“We’re going to have yet another cold front come through late Saturday afternoon,” said Jason Godwin, meteorologist with the NWS Dallas/Fort Worth office.
The front will bring mostly patchy drizzle, which could change into freezing drizzle at night. Winds are also predicted to be gusty.
“The first thing people will notice is that the winds will pick up,” Godwin said.
The high on Sunday will be in the low 40s under cloudy skies, with an overnight low dropping to 30 degrees.
A 20 percent chance of rain continues into the week, though temperatures should recover to more seasonable levels. Monday’s high is predicted in the mid-50s, with Tuesday and Wednesday looking to reach the 60s.