A winter weather advisory was in effect until noon today, with some ice accumulation possible on roadways this morning, according to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.
Meteorologist Dennis Cavanaugh said freezing rain and sleet could cause slick roadways as drivers start their commutes this morning.
“It’s been so cold over the last 24 hours that anything that falls is likely to stick to road surfaces,” he said. “It doesn’t take much more than a bit of glaze on road surfaces to make them hazardous for driving.”
Rain is possible through this morning with freezing rain and sleet before noon, Cavanaugh said.
He said the best way for drivers to reduce their risk of losing control on icy roadways is to slow down.
“If you’re driving in a straight line and encounter ice, then you’re going to keep driving in a straight line; it’s any acceleration that could cause (drivers) to lose control,” he said “Ice reduces friction on the road. If drivers just go slow they can minimize error; it’s when they hit the ice going really fast that gets folks into trouble.”
The city of Killeen opened a warming shelter at the Killeen Community Center on Monday afternoon. The shelter will close at 8 a.m. this morning, according to the city.
Temperatures are expected to begin climbing this afternoon and reach the low to mid-40s, with a low tonight around 36 degrees. Wednesday is expected to be warmer with highs in the mid-60s and a low around 40 degrees.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, grid operator for about 85 percent of the state, issued an electricity conservation alert through 9 a.m. today as cold weather conditions continue. In an effort to conserve energy, the council suggests keeping the thermostat at 68 degrees and unplugging nonessential lights and appliances.