BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH
Lampasans should prepare for high winds and below-freezing temperatures Monday night.
At 7:02 a.m., the National Weather Service issued a wind advisory that will remain in effect until 6 a.m. Tuesday for Lampasas, Coryell, Bell, Hamilton and surrounding counties.
“North winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts as high as 40 to 50 mph will occur behind a strong cold front,” NWS meteorologists said. “Unsecured outdoor items may be blown around in the wind. Driving on east-west oriented roadways will become increasingly difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles.”
This weather pattern will also drop wind-chill values into the single digits and teens on Monday night, officials said.
In a hazardous weather outlook issued Monday afternoon, NWS meteorologists said residents in the entire north Central Texas region can expect “significantly colder temperatures.”
Officials added that “a brief mix of light rain and sleet is possible tonight southwest of the Gatesville to Hearne line.”
This precipitation is anticipated before 10 p.m. A low of 23 degrees is expected tonight, with wind chill values between 8 and 18 degrees.
Tuesday will see a high of 42 with wind chill values between 9 and 19 degrees. The low will be 22 degrees on Tuesday night.
TxDOT treats roadways
Texas Department of Transportation officials said Monday that crews are pretreating main lanes of Interstate 20 and all U.S. and state highways throughout the district to prepare for possible winter weather. The Brownwood District includes the counties of Brown, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, Lampasas, McCulloch, Mills, San Saba and Stephens Counties.
TxDOT crews began treating structures and state maintained roads Monday morning, officials said. Motorists are urged to be on the lookout for slower-moving TxDOT vehicles involved in the pretreatment process.
TxDOT uses brine (a solution of water and salt) as a pretreatment for roadways prior to freezing precipitation. The brine is applied using spray nozzles attached to tanks mounted on the back of TxDOT trucks, forming a milky appearance on the roadway. The brine helps prevent the bonding of frozen precipitation to the pavement, aiding in the removal of snow and ice.
Travelers are encouraged to plan ahead and check roadway conditions prior to travel. TxDOT reminds motorists to follow these helpful tips when traveling in winter weather:
• Give yourself time to reach your destination and account for possible travel delays. Have patience and share the road with other drivers.
• Drive with caution, reduce speed and increase travel distance between your vehicle and others on the road (at least three times the normal following distance).
• Do not use cruise control.
• If you start to lose control, ease off the gas pedals or brakes. Steer into the direction of a skid until you can regain traction, and then straighten your vehicle.
• And if you don’t have to travel, stay home.