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Winter Storm Watch issued; TxDOT prepares for freezing precipitation

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The National Weather Service in Norman, Okla., has issued a Winter Weather Watch for portions of southern Oklahoma and western North Texas, Including Clay County, and TxDOT crews are preparing for impact of winter precipitation.

A winter storm is expected tonight into Sunday, with the heaviest periods of precipitation between 3 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday. According to NWS forecasts, a mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain will start tonight, and develop to snow from the west to east. Total snow and sleet accumulations of 2-5 inches are likely with some areas receiving more. Total ice accumulations of a quarter-inch are also likely southeast of a line from Wichita Falls to Ada, Okla.

Snow, sleet and ice accumulations will make travel hazardous.

“TxDOT crews are ready to roll at a moment’s notice for the impending storm,” said Spokesperson Adele Lewis. Snowplows and other equipment for snow and ice operations have been mounted to trucks and all employees have been put on standby.

On Friday, Maintenance employees across all nine counties (Archer, Baylor, Clay, Cooke, Montague, Throckmorton, Wilbarger, Wichita, and Young) were pretreating bridges and overpasses with Freezeguard or salt brine.

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