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Rain, Ice to Impact Southern Plains Through Friday

Unsettled weather will kick off the new year across the southern Plains as a disturbance spreads rain and ice over the region.

Raincoats and umbrellas will be put to good use across much of Texas as rain is in the offing for cities such as San Antonio, Houston and Austin for both Thursday and Friday.

A different story will unfold farther north as a wedge of cold air creates a zone of freezing rain from western Texas through southeastern Oklahoma that can cause major disruptions to travels and New Year's Day celebrations.

The rain and freezing rain is forecast to fall over western Texas on Wednesday before spreading north and east by Thursday.

According to AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologists Bob Smerbeck, the worst of the freezing rain through New Year's Day will occur around San Angelo and Abilene, Texas, where there may be some ice accumulations.

Hazardous travel conditions should be anticipated as the freezing rain can cause roads and sidewalks to become slippery. It does not appear like enough freezing rain will fall to bring down tree limbs or power lines, although a few isolated cases may still occur.

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The zone of freezing rain is expected to stay north and west of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex; although there may be a brief period of freezing drizzle as the precipitation initially moves in late on Wednesday night.

This could cause some travel disruptions early on Thursday morning before temperatures rise above freezing and precipitation transitions to a cold rain.

Those headed to the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classing in Arlington, Texas, on Thursday should prepare for the wet weather before heading into the game.

Much of the precipitation is expected to change over to rain for Friday, reaching from central Texas to southern Missouri.

However, there may still be a period of freezing rain on Friday morning in central Oklahoma and some snow over the Texas Panhandle and into New Mexico.