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Cold weather to return to Crossroads (w/gallery)

By Bianca Montes
Jan. 24, 2014 at 8 p.m.
Updated Jan. 24, 2014 at 7:25 p.m.

Ice on leaves early Friday morning in Victoria.

An Arctic blast that swept through the Crossroads early Friday morning, chilling the roads with below freezing temperatures, is expected to continue next week.

Another shot of cold air will begin Monday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Doug Bogelfang, with the brunt of it arriving Tuesday.

Tuesday's high will be in the 40s, and the temperature will drop to the mid-to-upper 20s Wednesday night.

Ice will not be an issue.

Unlike Friday's Arctic blast, moisture won't be in the air, Bogelfang said.

Icy bridges and overpasses Friday accounted for several injury and noninjury traffic crashes.

In Port Lavaca, a school bus and vehicle collided at the intersection of state Highway 35 and Smith Road. No injuries were reported.

"Only one student was on the bus," said Port Lavaca Police Cpl. Y'kuiam Denson.

An overnight power outage left traffic signals disabled, and one of the vehicles failed to yield the right of way, Denson said.

In total, 60 wrecks, some involving injuries, were reported in Victoria and surrounding counties, including Goliad, Jackson, Lavaca, Matagorda, Calhoun and Wharton. DeWitt and Refugio officials said they didn't have any weather-related wrecks.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Trooper Gerald Bryant said troopers worked five accidents in Victoria County and one sliding incident, in which a vehicle got stuck in a ditch. No serious injuries were reported.

Bryant said U.S. Highway 77 Business was where a majority of the wrecks occurred.

Victoria Police Department responded to nine noninjury accidents, said Officer William Bernard.

Wharton County officials reported the most wrecks with 22 accidents. The worst were a jackknifed tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 59, near the El Campo Cycle Center, and a two-vehicle collision with injuries also on U.S. 59, near state Highway 60, said a dispatcher at the DPS Pierce office.

Saturday should offer better traveling conditions. Morning temperatures are expected to be in the 30s with the day's high around 60 degrees. The night will chill out to about 42 degrees.

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