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Possible Freezing Rain, Cold Weather Will Hit By Week's End

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Brian Wise
NewsWest 9

PERMIAN BASIN- The weather outside isn't frightful, yet. Come Thursday, the temperature is again going into the thirties. NewsWest 9's Chief Meteorologist Tom Tefertiller says it's a strange weather pattern.

"It's not uncommon for us to have it this early in the year and out of the winter season because we're still a couple of weeks away from the official start of winter, but this is kind of odd that we are seeing two in a row, possibly three in a row with one next week," Tefertiller said. 

The Texas Department of Transportation is ready to combat the ice. The weekend before last caused potholes were seen along state roads but the number of accidents increased with the amount of ice. Gene Powell of TXDOT wants less accidents than the previous freeze. 

"If freezing rain does hit, please leave yourself more time to get where you are going and drive slowly. We had between Odessa and Midland 50 or more wrecks over the three days of the last cold spell and we don't want to repeat that," Powell said.

Residents and non-residents know the traffic is bad. 

Derek Milligan was getting ready to hit the road after filling up his car. He has been living in the Permian Basin for a couple months.

"I'm from Fort Worth and it's definitely more reckless out here," Milligan said.

David Smith was also gassing up his vehicle.

"I have progressively gotten up earlier and earlier to beat the crazy traffic going to Midland," Smith said.

Tefertiller says that this freezing weather could last. 

"This one could be an extended cold spell all the way well into next week," Tefertiller said.