Sheriff advising no travel Thursday, early Friday

Published 4:09 pm Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Sheriff Terese Amazi is urging residents to stay off the roads during tomorrow’s winter storm.

For the second time this winter, Amazi is advising no travel as the area braces for up to 10 inches of snow and high winds Thursday.

“It’s definitely coming,” Amazi said, who had a webinar with the National Weather Service Wednesday afternoon.

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With so much advanced notice, Amazi urged residents to heed the warnings and stay off the roads from around 9 a.m. Thursday through around the same time Friday morning. That will ease the burden, so law enforcement officials won’t need to be out rescuing drivers who’ve gone in the ditch, Amazi said.

The National Weather Service expects 6 to 10 inches of snow — downgraded from as much as 18 inches, according to one computer model — for the Austin area on Thursday, with 35 to 45 mph winds causing significant visibility issues throughout the day and evening. The weather service has a winter weather advisory in effect from 3 to 9 a.m. Thursday, and a blizzard warning issued from 9 a.m. Thursday until 6 a.m. Friday.

NWS Meteorologist Zach Taylor said the storm will bring the heaviest snow rates Thursday afternoon, with 1 to 2 inches falling per hour.