As a mixture of rain and sleet continues to fall in the Stephenville area, Stephenville Police Chief Jason King urges the community to use caution if they have to get out on the roads today.
“We haven’t had any accidents so far in town and we would like to continue that trend,” King said. “We ask folks to be cautious if they have to get out because the roads could continue to deteriorate.”
King recommends people just stay home.
Erath County Volunteer Fire Rescue Coordinator Chris Brooks said they have also not received any calls for accidents so far today.
“We have had five calls since about 6 a.m. and every one of them has been about power lines arcing; we’ve had no wrecks,” Brooks said.
According to the Oncor storm center website, there have been 29 power outages reported so far in the Stephenville area affecting 460 customers.
Stephenville ISD canceled school this morning due to the weather and according to the National Weather Service out of Fort Worth, the rain and ice is expected to continue this afternoon and into Thursday morning.
“A flood watch remains in effect along and east of a Gainesville to Mineral Wells to Killeen line until midnight,” states the NWS website. “A winter weather advisory is in effect until midnight for other locations along and northwest of a Comanche to Glen Rose to Denton and Bonham line.”
Local rain gauger Dean Jones said he has already received four inches of rain in the last two days.
Temperatures will rise Friday with a high of 58, but the NWS is predicting the rain will continue until Saturday night in Stephenville.