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Afternoon news fix: Improvements to Hwy 271

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Good afternoon East Texas. It's beginning to look a lot like...winter!

Here are some stories for you to check out as we wrap up this cold and drizzly Tuesday:

1. Tuesday morning, Smith County commissioners approved and adopted a resolution to urge TxDOT to undertake improvements to U.S. Highway 271. Highway 271 is a main corridor for the northeastern part of Smith County. Commissioners are asking to be considered for funding for safety improvements, re-striping and possibly widening the road.

Full story here

2. Officials with the Northeast Texas Public Health say the first case of Zika virus has been reported in Smith County. Officials say the person lives in Smith County and traveled to an area where the Zika virus is prevalent.

Full story here

3. Need a nice, warm drink to keep you warm the next few chilly days? It's Mama Steph's cider recipe, and it will be a favorite all winter long, especially when the weather is chilly and loved ones and friends are getting together!

Get the recipe here

4. And speaking of cold weather, the much anticipated "Arctic Blast" arrives with a strong cold front late Wednesday evening. Look for a few showers possibly ahead of the front with temps warming into the upper 50s to near 60. Temps will drop fast behind the front Wednesday evening, as the winds pick up and lows fall to near freezing by Thursday morning. Thursday will be a very windy & cold day with highs struggling to reach 40. We will see plenty of sunshine but wind chills will remain in the 20s most of the day. We will see clear skies and light winds Thursday night, which will allow temps to fall down into the mid-20s across the area by Friday morning! After our first hard freeze in two years, we will see plenty of sunshine and slightly warmer temps, with highs warming into the low to mid-40s. Watch KLTV7 News at 5 and 6 for the latest update from Chief Meteorologist Mark Scirto. 

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