The National Weather Service issued a special statement at about noon Saturday warning residents of a “significant winter storm” that will impact the area beginning Monday.

“While the track of this storm system along with precipitation types and amounts remain uncertain, confidence is increasing that significant accumulations of snow, sleet and freezing rain will occur mainly from Monday night into Tuesday night,” the National Weather Service said.

It said the winter storm will include increasing north winds, high precipitation rates and rapid deterioration of travel conditions, as well as much colder temperatures.

It urged persons to prepare for the potential of hazardous winter weather.

Additional weather details as they are available at www.houstonherald.com

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