Worst of winter storm should skirt county
From Staff Reports

Jan. 12, 2007 - The National Weather Service Office in Fort Worth issued a hazardous weather outlook for North Texas, but it appears the worst of the winter weather will stay away from Hopkins County until at least Saturday night.

According to NWS forecasters, an ice storm warning is in effect from 6 p.m. today through Sunday for areas mainly north and west of a Cisco to Mineral Wells to Gainesville line.

Freezing precipitation is expected to begin this evening in those areas, with ice accumulations anticipated on bridges, trees and power lines.

"The ice accumulation will make travel extremely dangerous," forecasters warn.

A winter storm watch has also been issued for areas mainly north and west of a line from Hillsboro to Terrell to Paris, with a chance of rain beginning to freeze on exposed surfaces later tonight. Any accumulations this evening should be minimal, however.

The biggest immediate threat of ice for local residents tonight comes in the form of hail. There is a 70 percent chance of thunderstorms this evening, and they could produce heavy rainfall as well as small hail.

Saturday's high in Sulphur Springs is forecast at 35 degrees, with an 80 percent chance of precipitation. Periods of freezing rain are possible after midnight, and the overnight low is projected at 31 degrees. Most of the ice accumulations — half an inch up to 1 inch — are expected north and west of Hopkins County, but if the temperature drops to 29 as expected, more freezing rain isn't out of the question.

Area rainfall should come to an end Sunday night. Overnight temperatures should be in the 20s well into next week, with daytime highs in the upper 30s and lower 40s.

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