Fort Worth prepares for freezing temperatures

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    After a weekend of spring-like weather, Fort Worth is preparing for freezing temperatures after a winter storm warning for Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

    “We are expecting a strong cold front to move through late Monday night, and it will push temperatures to below freezing before daybreak,” said Jesse Moore, a meteorologist from the National Weather Service.

    Rain was expected Tuesday morning and would change to freezing rain and sleet by daybreak, Moore said. Then it will most likely change over to a mixture of sleet and snow by late morning.

    Moore said he expected the road conditions to deteriorate early Tuesday morning. Ice would most likely become a problem on the roads, he said, especially on bridges and overpasses.

    He advised students to take extra caution when driving and allow for extra time to reach their destination.

    “Really, if you don’t have to drive [Tuesday morning], it would probably be better not to,” Moore said. “Driving in ice is not exactly the easiest thing, especially since we are not used to doing it as much down here.”

    Shane Teveris, a junior film-television-digital media major from Hartford, Conn., said the cold weather would not really affect him.

    “Back home it was 5 degrees this morning, and they have like three feet of snow on the ground,” he said. “So as long as I’m not in that, I’m pretty happy.”

    Senior FTDM major Shayna Fawcett said she will miss last weekend’s warm weather.

    “I do not like the cold weather,” Fawcett said. “When it’s windy, it is miserable.”

    Teveris said he will most likely enjoy a day off if there is a snow day.

    “I probably won’t drive because it is unsafe, and other Texans clearly can’t drive in the snow,” he said.

    Moore said Fort Worth can expect to see some freezing temperatures until Friday.

    He also said Fort Worth would most likely have to wait until March to see warmer weather again.

    According to the university’s website, students and faculty members should not to wait for winter storm information to come from TCU Alert. The website suggests that students monitor local news reports via television, radio or the Internet.