EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - The Hard Freeze Watches have been replaced by Hard Freeze Warnings, and more counties are included.
Hard Freeze Warnings are issued for most East Texas counties. The warnings will be in effect from midnight tonight until 10 a.m. Monday morning.
Temperatures will fall below freezing this evening with the help of clear skies and arctic air continuing to pour into the region.
Overnight lows will be in the upper teens and low 20s. The wind chill, which is what it feels like outside, will feel much colder. When winds from the north at 10-15 mph is combined with temperatures in the teens and low 20s, it will feel like 0-10 degrees tonight, and 10-15 degrees in Deep East Texas. Wind Chill Advisories are also issued overnight tonight until Monday morning. Prolonged exposure to the extremely cold air could be dangerous.
Pipes, pets, plants, and people may be threatened by the bitterly cold conditions if exposure is prolonged.
Hypothermia could affect animals and humans during these freezing conditions. Check on elderly family members and friends to make sure they have proper heating sources.
Those celebrating the new year tonight need to be very careful. Dress warmly, and try to cover up skin that would otherwise be exposed to decrease your chances of frostbite.
Many East Texans are expected to travel to Dallas to bring in the new year. Dallas is under a Winter Weather Advisory. This means that there is a chance for freezing rain and light snow along with the dangerously cold weather. Though accumulation will be light, it will make for dangerous traveling conditions. Everyone should be careful while traveling today and tonight, even if one stays in East Texas. Be especially careful while driving over bridges and overpasses. Light rain and drizzle/freezing drizzle will be a possibility this morning and could make for icy roadways.
For more information about road conditions, especially before you head out the door tonight, visit drivetexas.org.