Wind, Winter Weather Advisory

The details are in our weather forecast, we can already see it this morning out the window at our hilltop El Rancho Notso home. A cold and fierce norther approaches. By 10am the wind was up, coming out of the W-NW, and you could feel the temperature dropping.

The warnings are out. The local Fire Marshal says the obvious, it’s a Red Flag warning day – no burning.

TxDOT Highway crews are out. We received this report:

“TxDOT crews are pretreating main lanes of Interstate 20 (I-20) in Eastland County along with other major roadways in Brown, Comanche, Coleman, Eastland, Mills and Lampasas Counties to prepare for possible accumulations of snow or a wintery mix of precipitation.

The National Weather Service (NWS) forecast for the region on Thursday includes an advisory of strong northwest winds of 30-40 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.  Rain is expected in the morning hours, changing to snow with possible accumulations of 1-5 inches in some areas of the Big Country and northwestern Hill Country by late afternoon.  Blowing snow may reduce visibility to less than a mile and at times as low as one-quarter mile, making travel difficult and dangerous. 

TxDOT crews will remain vigilant in treating and removing snow from roadways as needed.  

Motorists are urged to be on the lookout for slower-moving TxDOT vehicles involved in the pretreatment process.  TxDOT continues, as in recent years, to use brine (a solution of water and salt) as a pretreatment for roadways prior to freezing precipitation.