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 today.
“I call Texas weather bipolar 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 were expected to drop into the low 30s or upper 20s Monday night, and could lead to ice on bridges and overpasses and maybe some elevated surfaces as well, said Jennifer Dunn, 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, tonight 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,” said Ken Roberts, spokesman for 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.
Some residents are fed up with this unusual Texas winter.
“It needs to get warm already,” said Killeen resident Daniel Utley, 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., was open as a warming shelter from 6 p.m. Monday to 8 a.m. today.