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By Victoria Advocate
Feb. 6, 2014 at 11:03 p.m.
Updated Feb. 5, 2014 at 8:06 p.m.


Crossroads to warm up over weekend

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Don't forget your umbrella Friday when as you leave for work.

Friday has a 50 percent chance of rain, said Tawnya Evans, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

But it is not expected to be freezing rain because the anticipated high will be in the lower 40s during the day. The low is expected to be in the upper 30s at night, she said.

Over the weekend, the temperature is expected to warm to the mid-60s during the day and cool off to the mid-40s at night.

Despite the warmer weather, Saturday is expected to be mostly cloudy and Sunday is expected to be partly cloudy in the morning with an increase of clouds by mid-afternoon, Evans said.

DALLAS (AP) - The manager of the electric grid serving most of Texas says extreme cold is driving a dramatic increase in electricity demand.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is asking Texans to reduce their use of electricity through noon Friday.

An ERCOT statement recommends avoiding the use of large appliances such as washing machines, clothes dryers and electric ovens between 6 and 9 a.m. and 4 and 8 p.m. Turn off lights and appliances not in use and keep thermostats set as low as is comfortable, preferably no higher than 68 degrees.

ERCOT says demand Thursday morning topped 57,000 megawatts and could overtake its record of 57,277 megawatts before the cold wave eases.

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