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Get ready for more cold weather

By DAVID TEWES
Jan. 10, 2011 at 5 p.m.
Updated Jan. 9, 2011 at 7:10 p.m.

Crop fields near the Invista warehouse were flooded after a storm brought to the area 1.12 inches of rain in about two hours on Sunday morning. The storm left neighbors near Bloomington and Placedo area without electricity and damaged roofs.

FORECASTThe coldest weather is forecast for Tuesday night, when the temperature dips to 27 degrees.

Highs Tuesday and Wednesday will be in the 40s, with a low Wednesday night in the mid-30s.

Wintry precipitation is not expected.

The cold weather will be getting even colder in the Crossroads, with freezing weather on tap for Tuesday night.

"Just bundle up," said Matt Grantham with the National Weather Service. "The cloudy, dreary weather will set up for the next three or four days."

While there is a 10-percent chance of precipitation through Tuesday night, forecasters said they're not expecting freezing rain or snow.

But Jeff Vinklarek with the Texas Department of Transportation said that agency isn't taking chances. He said equipment has been loaded throughout the Yoakum District with small rock that can be dropped onto icy roads.

"The forecast for precipitation doesn't show very much," he said. "But we will be fully prepared, if need be."

Temperatures were forecast to fall into the mid-30s Tuesday morning as the colder air moved into the Crossroads. Clouds were expected to keep readings in the 40s during the day, with the low Tuesday night dropping to about 27 degrees.

"I would say it will be a light freeze," Grantham said. "I don't think it's going to be below freezing for a real long time."

Wednesday's high will be about 42 degrees, before falling to a low in the mid-30s Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, residents continue to assess damage caused by the storm that brought damaging winds to parts of the Crossroads Sunday morning.

Spokeswoman Amy Hodges wrote in an e-mail an Invista warehouse used to store spare parts and equipment sustained damage to its metal roof. The e-mail also stated that the extent of the damage is still being determined, although the warehouse has been safely secured.

The weather service estimated winds gusted to about 70 mph in the Placedo-Bloomington area.

A carport roof was blown off a home in Bloomington and the roof of another home was partially caved in. A power pole was blown down and a shed was blown into a nearby house.

Damage included part of a roof blown off a house and a barn on U.S. 87 just south of Farm-to-Market 616. A car was blown into a ditch on U.S. 87 about one mile north of Farm-to-Market 447.

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