Continuing a rather spastic, but predictable, hot-and-cold weather trend, the Killeen area was under a freezing drizzle advisory beginning Monday night with a 50 percent chance of a “wintry mix” stretching into Tuesday.
“I call Texas weather bi-polar weather because it’s so up and down, but I’m already tired of it,” said Killeen resident Hannah Romo, who was busy buying groceries Monday afternoon. “It interferes with work.”
Temperatures are expected to drop into the low 30s or upper 20s on Monday night, and could lead to ice on bridges and overpasses and maybe some elevated surfaces as well, Jennifer Dunn said, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. Killeen area residents are advised to watch out for icy roads until Wednesday afternoon.
“It should be relatively short lived,” she said. “(Tuesday) when we do start to warm up, we will start to see ice on the roadways melt. However, on Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, temperatures will fall to around 27 and any moisture left on the roads will refreeze.”
Temperatures are expected to warm back up to around 50 degrees by Wednesday afternoon.
“As the weather begins to develop, we’ll monitor the National Weather Service to see how things are developing. Right now we are having to have crews come in at midnight,” Ken Roberts said, spokesperson with the Texas Department of Transportation.
Roberts said the first thing residents should watch out for are bridges and overpasses because they tend to get colder faster compared to regular roadways. As the weather progresses, TxDOT will respond by sanding and de-icing affected roadways, he said.
Some residents are fed up with this unusual Texas winter.
“It needs to get warm already,” Killeen resident Daniel Utley said, walking around H-E-B on Monday. “I rode my (motorcycle) today and it was COLD.”
The Killeen Community Center at 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd. will be open as a warming shelter from 6 p.m. Monday until 8 a.m. Tuesday.