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Wintry mix makes for icy morning in Houston area

What began as rain in southeast Texas on Monday night changed to a messy mix of winter weather just in time for Tuesday morning's commute.

A mix of sleet and snow began falling in The Woodlands area, north of Houston, by 6 a.m. KPRC 2 reporter Haley Hernandez said temperatures began quickly falling and stiff winds were driving the wintry precipitation. She said cars in the area were being coated in ice, as well.

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Jeff Linder, a meteorologist for Harris County, urged people to stay off the roads and only travel if it is necessary. He said temperatures have begun falling in the northern part of the county and officials assume that precipitation in that area is frozen.

VIDEO:Harris County officials provide update on winter weather

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said officials are closely monitoring the situation, and that power outages could become an issue as ice begins to coat power lines in the region.

Emmett also said that jury assembly has been closed. Officials also said people should call other county offices to see if they are open before traveling.

Road conditions were already deteriorating in Waller County, where ice was being reported on Highway 290. Ice was also reported on roads in northwest parts of Harris County.

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Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said deputies in Precinct 5 have responded to a high number of crashes because of slick roads.

TxDOT crews said they were on the roads most of Monday night to pretreat bridges and overpasses ahead of the storm. KPRC 2 reporter Sofia Ojeda reported that crews had been coming and going most of Tuesday morning.

VIDEO: TxDOT crews working to treat roads

Officials said people in the city of Houston can call 311 to report icy roads, and people in Harris County can call 713-225-5627 to do the same.

Most schools made the decision Monday to cancel classes on Tuesday as forecasters warned of the potential for slick roads. However, some remaining school districts waited until Tuesday morning to make the call.

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KPRC 2 meteorologist Britta Merwin said that temperatures will continue to fall on Tuesday, and that roads will likely only become slicker as the day continues.

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A winter storm warning is in effect for much of southeast Texas until midnight. A winter weather advisory is in effect for coastal areas until midnight.

We'd love to see your wintry pictures and videos, as well. Share them on our Click2Pins app or at click2houston.com.

PHOTOS: People share pics of icy winter storm in Houston

Icy conditions reported on Houston-area roads

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Forecasters warned of icy roads as wintry weather moved into the Houston area on Tuesday.


Here is a list from Houston Transtar of roads where icy conditions are being reported:

US 290 Westbound at FM 1098 in Waller County US 290 NORTHWEST Westbound at SH-6/FM-1960 IH-69 Northbound at FM 1314 in Montgomery County

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