Rain hits Big Country, wintry mix in some areas


As of Wednesday morning, light showers have developed across the Big Country with a few pockets of wintry mix scattered within them. However, temperatures for most locations are expected to remain above freezing. 5 a.m. Wednesday - Light sleet at I-20 and Old Anson Road in Abilene

The rain could mix with sleet and possibly change over to snow by sunrise Wednesday morning. Some areas could see snow that may accumulate on mainly objects above the ground by sunrise Wednesday.

Major travel problems for surface roads aren't expected for our area for Tuesday night. However, bridges and overpasses could see some accumulations of sleet or snow that could produce some slick spots for Wednesday morning.

The greater risk of wintry weather for the day Wednesday is mainly for the San Angelo / Concho Valley area where less than 1/2 inch of snow could accumulate before sundown Wednesday.

A mixture of rain, sleet or snow is forecast to continue for most of the Big Country for the day Wednesday. About 1/10 inch of sleet or snow will be possible - mainly accumulating on objects above the ground.

Precipitation is forecast to have finished for the Big Country Wednesday evening. Snow in the Concho Valley is forecast to move south Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, the Texas Department of Transportation is pretreating some roads with brine, a solution of water and salt, which helps prevent frozen precipitation from sticking to the pavement and makes the removal of snow and ice easier.

In Taylor County, I-20 and Highway 83/84 in Abilene was treated Monday. I-20 was also treated in Callahan County.

In Eastland County, crews are pretreating bridges and overpasses on Interstate 20, as well as Ranger Hill. Crews in Coleman County and McCulloch counties are also pretreating major roadways.

The brine is applied using spray nozzles attached to tanks mounted on the back of TxDOT trucks, forming a milky appearance on the roadway. Motorists are urged to be on the lookout for these slower-moving TxDOT vehicles.

Meanwhile, dry weather is likely for our entire area Thursday. Sunny skies and warm temperatures near 60 should be back with us Friday.

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