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Two distinct weather issues will continue to impact parts of the state overnight and into Saturday.  For the panhandle region grappling with a crippling ice storm, there’s been a lull in precipitation today; however, that’s expected to pick back up again overnight into early tomorrow with additional ice accumulations of 1/4 to 1/2 inch likely.  Light snow will also be possible, especially for the northern portion of the TX panhandle and up into the Oklahoma panhandle.  Temperatures in the panhandle region have been remained in the mid to upper 20s most of the day, and many will see temps drop into the upper teens tonight.  Travel remains strongly discouraged across the region tonight.  If you have to be out and about due to work, be prepared to face many road closures and take food/water supplies and blankets with you in case you end up stranded somewhere.  Winter Storm Warnings and Ice Storm Warnings remain in effect across the region until mid-day Saturday and may be extended beyond that based on precipitation trends at that time.

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For north Texas which has been dealing with flooding issues since last night, this threat will continue overnight into Saturday as rain…some heavy…continues to develop and track across the region overnight into tomorrow morning.  For most of the afternoon, the heaviest rain has been just off to the northwest and west of the DFW metro area and up along the Red River between Wichita Falls, Gainesville over to Sherman.  But this band of heavy rain is is slowly shifting east with another band of heavy rain approaching the southwest side of Ft. Worth and quickly moving to the northeast.  Now that it’s dark, it will make driving even more hazardous, especially in the rural areas where it’s hard to see when roadways are under water.  If you have to travel anywhere tonight, slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination.  Some roads may be closed along your journey, so be sure to check www.drivetexas.org    for the latest hazards and closures before you head out.  Lows tonight across north central and northeast Texas will remain above freezing, so ice will not be an issue.

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