Texas County Emergency Manaagement officials began making preparations Sunday for a potentially hazardous winter storm.

At 3 p.m. officials were on the phone with surrounding counties and the National Weather Service in advance of the storm, which is expected to hit Monday night.

According to the latest projections, Texas County is expected to receive one-quarter to three-quarters inches of ice and at least one inch of sleet before turning to snow. Accumulations of the white stuff are expected to be four to six inches. Power lines could be severely affected.

Other details from the conference call:

*MoDOT officials are concerned about the storm because of expected low temperatures and winds expected to be as much as 35 miles per hours. That will cool surface temperatures fast and won’t show any signs of improvement until Friday.

*Residents are urged to take measures to prepare for possible power outages and extremely low temperatures. Stock up on food, water, medicine and other related items. Do not travel on the roads unless it is absolutately necessary. Make provisions for animals and livestock.

*A list of emergency shelters is being compiled and will be released Monday, said Richard Wood, deputy director of Texas County Emergency Management. It will be posted at www.houstonherald.com.

*The Texas County Commission and Texas County Sheriff’s Department can be contacted for further information.

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