Historic winter storm expected to produce several inches of snow in Erath County, disrupt travel.



By SARA VANDEN BERGE


Erath County residents are being told to brace for a winter storm that will produce at least three to six inches of snow and disrupt travel for several days.


The winter storm warning states that impacts will begin as early as Saturday morning with patchy freezing drizzle developing late Friday into Saturday morning, which will lead to a light glaze of ice in some locations.

After a brief break in precipitation on Saturday, conditions will begin to deteriorate late Saturday evening, with precipitation transitioning from a sleet and freezing rain mix to all snow by Sunday.


The heaviest snow can be expected on Sunday and Monday. High winds will lead to blowing and drifting snow with wind chills falling to below zero by late Sunday.


Snow will come to an end during the day Monday, but extremely cold temperatures will persist through mid-week.


The heavy snow and forecast long duration of extremely cold temperatures will likely lead to major stress on the region's infrastructure as well as crippling travel for several days.