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KTXS Forecast: Ice concerns into the weekend

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ABILENE, Texas - We finally had a good dose of sun today but as we head into the holiday weekend, things are expected to change quite a bit. 

Tonight, temperatures are expected to fall to the mid-30s with increasing cloud cover. That cloud cover will bring some misty and foggy conditions into the Big Country to start the day on Saturday.

Expect visibilities to drop throughout Saturday morning. Temperatures are expected to stay relatively stagnant as a cold front blows into the area. Morning mist is expected to turn into afternoon drizzle. As temperatures drop below freezing, drizzle is expected to freeze as well as any puddles on bridges and overpasses. 

Travel conditions will be deteriorating through the day Saturday, turning icy at night, so plan your trip accordingly. Be sure to check road conditions at DriveTexas.org. 

Temperatures will drop to the low 20s Saturday night and into Sunday. We are expected to stay below freezing through Tuesday so treat your plants and pipes and don't forget about pets and livestock. 

Sunday, a few snow flurries are possible in the morning and afternoon. Ice that formed Saturday night is expected to stay around with these below freezing temperatures and overcast conditions. Highs will be in the upper 20s to low 30s with north winds between 15 to 30 mph. Wind chills will be in the teens and twenties. Overnight, temperatures fall to the low teens with wind chills in the single digits to ring in the new year. 

For Monday, temperatures once again stay below freezing with highs in the mid-20s. Expect conditions to dry out and the ice concern decreases. Winds will be from the north at 5 to 10 mph. Overnight, lows will be in the low teens once again. 

Tuesday, expect mostly cloudy skies with a few patches of sunshine by the afternoon. Temperatures will be in the upper 20s. 

Wednesday through the rest of the week, weak cold fronts are expected to push through but generally we will be seeing highs in the 40s with lows in the 20s. 

Stay safe this weekend! -MM-

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