National Weather Service issues special weather statement

February 8, 2011

National Weather Service issues special weather statement

The National Weather Service in San Angelo issued a special weather statement for area cities including Sweetwater, Roby, Rotan and Abilene.
Another arctic front with an ice, sleet and snow mix is possible tonight and early Wednesday across West Central Texas.
A strong arctic cold front will move South across West Central Texas late tonight and early Wednesday morning, bringing much colder temperatures back to the region. Wintry precipitation will again be a threat beginning late tonight. The area will likely see precipitation begin as mostly rain by late evening. As the cold air invades, the area should expect to see a brief changeover to sleet and freezing rain, then snow by early Wednesday morning. The best chance for heavy snow will be over the Big Country with lesser amounts to the South. At this time, the forecast is for one to two inches of snow generally along the North of Interstate 20 with locally higher amounts possible. Ice accumulations are expected to remain light with this system. However, significant travel problems will still be likely with the very cold temperatures. Given the high winds expected, reduced visibility due to blowing snow will also be a concern. Snow will be very slow to melt on the roads.
High temperatures on Wednesday are expected to remain in the lower to middle 20s across the Big Country, to the lower to middle 30s South. Strong North winds of 15 to 25 miles per hour will result in wind chill values as low as 5 to 10 degrees below zero across the Big Country and Concho Valley tonight, and over all of West Central Texas Wednesday morning.
Some uncertainty still exists. If the storm track shifts farther South, then the anticipated snowfall amounts will need to be increased. Conversely, a more northerly track will likely reduce the heavy snow threat.

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