Sand trucks are strategically placed throughout Denton County should any winter weather turn severe, county officials said.
The National Weather Service in Fort Worth issued a winter weather advisory for Denton County on Saturday afternoon with precipitation to begin around daybreak today. The advisory, officials said, starts at 6 a.m. and lasts until 9 p.m. this evening.
Jody Gonzalez, emergency management coordinator for county, said they have been closely monitoring the weather conditions and as of Saturday afternoon are staying in close contact with the Texas Department of Transportation should things get too messy this evening.
“Officials with county roads and bridges are also on standby as we speak,” Gonzalez said.
Tom Bradshaw, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said Denton County is expected to have a high — around the freezing mark — sometime this morning before temperatures start to drop.
“Rain will begin at daybreak and last through the good part of the day, and while the majority will be cold rain, we could see some sleet mixed in with it as the day progresses,” Bradshaw said during a phone interview.
Accumulations, according to the National Weather Service, are expected to not exceed more than an inch. With temperatures hovering right around freezing, some surfaces could start to ice over before nightfall.
“The closer you get towards the northern county line heading towards Gainesville — and even in the direction of Decatur — you could see ice forming on roads and bridges during the daytime,” he said.
Rain is expected to stop by the early evening hours and drier air and winds will come through. Officials hope that will dry up some of the moisture in the area.
Lindsey Baker, spokeswoman for the city of Denton, said they have two sand trucks ready to roll, if needed, to keep residents safe during their morning commute Monday.
Temperatures falling into the low 20s overnight into Monday morning could refreeze anything that didn’t dry up from the winds. Meteorologists urge everyone to be cautious during their Monday morning commutes.
Bradshaw said temperatures are expected to be in the mid 40s for the high Monday, ending the current winter storm. Another chance for wintry weather is a possibility later this week, according to the National Weather Service.
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