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Travel conditions may become impossible by Wednesday

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MIDLAND, Texas — There were some VERY icy roads across West Texas earlier this morning. Thankfully, the freezing fog and drizzle have stopped, and conditions are improving this afternoon, especially on well-traveled roads. High temps are likely to stay in the mid 20s though, so icy spots will still be possible throughout the day and evening. Most of the Permian Basin will stay dry though, through this evening. 

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That will change overnight and Wednesday though as a major ice storm will move into West Texas. Overnight and into early Wednesday, heavy freezing rain will be ongoing in the lower Trans Pecos and southern Permian Basin. this will move northward by sunrise, and folks around Midland-Odessa will be experiencing heavy freezing rain by mid to late morning. This will continue into much of the afternoon and evening. High temps will likely stay slightly below freezing. 

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A WINTER STORM WARNING is in effect for the lower Trans Pecos as well as the central and eastern Permian Basin. Total ice accumulations from a couple tenths to half an inch will be possible. That's enough to bring down tree limbs and power lines. And travel will likely be impossible for many for the majority of Wednesday. If you travel, there is a good chance that you'll spin out and be stranded. So do not travel. 

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Freezing rain, possibly mixing with sleet and snow could last well into Wednesday night and Thursday morning. This will make travel conditions on Thursday morning extremely hazardous as well. Thankfully, temperatures will warm up into the upper 40s by Thursday afternoon, melting all the ice in West Texas.

Temps will continue to warm into the 50s on Friday and to the 60s by the weekend. 

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