The National Weather Service in Fort Worth issued a special weather statement for this weekend in Central Texas.
By Sunday afternoon, Killeen and nearby areas could see freezing precipitation and the possibility of minor ice accumulations, according to the weather service statement.
“All of North and Central Texas will be below freezing by late Sunday afternoon,” according to the statement.
The wintry precipitation should end by Sunday evening, leaving a trace of ice to less than one-tenth of an inch, which could cause hazardous conditions on bridges, overpasses and some surface streets, the weather service said.
Travelers are advised by the weather service to avoid venturing out during this period.
“If you’re out on the roads, take it slow,” said Juan Hernandez of the weather service’s Dallas/Fort Worth office. “Also, bundle up, it’s going to be cold.”
Temperatures Saturday will rise into the low 50s with patchy drizzle. The precipitation is expected to continue overnight while the mercury drops into the mid-30s, officials said.
Sunday will also see areas of drizzle and freezing drizzle, with the high barely reaching 40 degrees.
The low Sunday night will be in the 20s, with the freezing precipitation forecasted to stop by 1 a.m. Monday. Gusty winds will make the temperature feel even colder.
On New Year’s Day, the sun will return, but the temperature is predicted to not rise above freezing.
Gusty winds will again be a factor, continuing into Monday night, when the low will drop to 20 degrees, according to the NWS.
The same conditions will persist into Tuesday, with a slight warmup coming Wednesday and Thursday, when highs reach the low 40s.
The Texas Department of Transportation trucks were out in the Killeen area Friday pretreating bridges and overpasses with a salt/brine solution to prevent ice build-up, according to Ken Roberts, TxDOT spokesman.
“Crews will be on standby as weather develops in the area this weekend,” he said.
No warming shelters will be available in Killeen, but the Families in Crisis shelter will allow clients to remain indoors for colder weather.
The Jesus Hope & Love Mission, 818 N. Fourth St., Killeen, will be serving lunch beginning at 11 a.m. on New Year’s Day, according to Steve Chae, mission director. Those needing a bit of warmth can enjoy a meal and remain indoors until about 2 p.m.
The Salvation Army Center of Hope, 419 W. Avenue G in Temple, will open as a warming station on a first-come basis when the temperature drops to 32 degrees, or 35 degrees if it’s raining.
Pets and plants should be brought indoors as the temperatures drop.
One way to protect outdoor pipes is to let water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes, according to the American Red Cross.