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NE Texas Braces For Another Round Of Winter Weather

Griffith Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, located in in the Norris Community in northeastern Commerce. Many areas in Commerce remained without electrical service late Tuesday.
Mark Haslett
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Griffith Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, located in in the Norris Community in northeastern Commerce. Many areas in Commerce remained without electrical service late Tuesday.

Thousands of Northeast Texas remain without electrical service as another round of wintry precipitation is expected to strike the region Tuesday night.

Most of Northeast Texas recorded temperatures in the negative single digits Tuesday morning. Temperatures are expected to remain in the teens through the overnight hours, but the National Weather Service has forecast about 4 inches of new snow and sleet accumulations for the region through Wednesday. In the KETR service area, northern Fannin and Lamar counties could experience accumulations of 6 inches or greater, while areas along and south of the Interstate 30 corridor might get around 2 inches of new snow and ice, according to NWS projections.

Cold, rather than precipitation, is the primary safety concern for those without electricity. Widespread outages across the region began early Monday morning, and many households across Northeast Texas have had little or no power since then.

An estimated 3.5 million Texans were without electricity at their homes, as the state's power grid, which serves about three-fourths of Texas, failed to meet the challenges of severe cold weather that began Sunday night. The energy macro-systems monitoring website, poweroutages.us, reported that more than 12,000 households in Hunt County alone remained without electrical service as of late Tuesday afternoon.

Warming stations have been established around the region, although many of the facilities that typically host sheltering opportunities during cold weather are themselves without electricity.

KETR is compiling a list of warming stations open in Northeast Texas tonight. Check back in this space for updates. If you have information that would make this list more complete or accurate, please email news@ketr.org. Here's what we have as of 4:00 p.m. Tuesday:

Hunt County

Commerce: First United Methodist Church, 1709 State Hwy. 50

Greenville: VFW Post 4011, 5200 Wellington St.

Quinlan: Generation Faith Center, 9003 S. State Hwy. 34

Wolfe City: Wolfe City Church of Christ, 723 W. Main St.

Delta County

Cooper: Delta County Community Center, 221 E. Bonham Ave.

Hopkins County

Sulphur Springs: Hopkins County Regional Civic Center, 1200 Houston St.

Fannin County

Bonham: Congregational Methodist Church, 1113 W. 13th St.

Leonard: First Baptist Church, 100 E. Thomas St.

Rains County

Emory: Emory City Centre, 735 N. Texas St.

Lamar County

Paris: CitySquare Paris, 2515 Bonham St.

Paris: Lamar Avenue Church of Christ, 3535 Lamar Ave.

Collin County (eastern)

Farmersville: First Baptist Church of Farmersville, 124 S. Washington St.

Rockwall County

Heath: Heath City Hall, 200 Laurence Dr.

Rockwall: Rockwall County Sheriff's Office Lobby, 950 T. L. Townsend Dr.

Rockwall: The Center At Rockwall City Place, 108 E. Washington St.

Rockwall: McLendon-Chisholm City Hall, 1371 W. Farm to Market Rd. #550

Royse City: Royse City Police Department, 100 W. Main St.

 

Mark Haslett has served at KETR since 2013. Since then, the station's news operation has enjoyed an increase in listener engagement and audience metrics, as well recognition in the Texas AP Broadcasters awards.