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Posted: Friday, December 6, 2013 4:30 am

The National Weather Service is predicting temperatures in Central Texas won’t get above freezing until sometime Sunday. Much of the area is under a winter weather advisory until 6 p.m. today.

As the mercury began to drop Thursday, Temple began monitoring roads for icing, and sand trucks are ready to go, Temple police Cpl. Christopher Wilcox said.

The city of Killeen plans to open two warming stations for anyone seeking shelter. The Boys & Girls Club at 2900 E. Elms Road will open at 10 a.m. today and remain open through 10 a.m. Monday, city officials said. The Killeen Community Center at 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd. will be open from noon Saturday until 10 a.m. Monday.

Two emergency warming centers opened Thursday in Temple for homeless or distressed men and will remain open from 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. until Thursday. The centers are at Victory Ministries, 305 S. 18th St., and Transformation Station, 503 E. Central Ave. Resources are available to provide a warming location for women and children, if needed, Temple Fire & Rescue spokesman Thomas Pechal said.

The Bell County Health, Education, Leadership and Progress Center is instructing residents seeking assistance in dealing with the cold weather to dial 211.

With rain changing to freezing rain, travel today is expected to be hazardous because icing is a possibility on bridges and overpasses. The temperature today is not expected to rise much above 32 degrees, according to the National Weather Service, and up to one-tenth of an inch of ice is possible, especially on elevated areas.

Any ice on area roads and power lines may stay there over the weekend. There is a chance of freezing rain and/or sleet through Sunday.

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