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Icy and cold today
Snow off an on today, especially to our southeastern counties. Very cold now and temperatures stay in the lower 30s, if we make it above freezing it will be for a short period. Drive more slowly than normal, know that it will take longer to completely stop, give extra time to commute around if you plan on driving. Refreezing over night with lows in the teens, slick spots likely in the morning. Sunshine with warmer highs to end this work week.
Please use extra caution out there on the roads today. Conditions are icy, and more snow is expected on parts of the South Plains as we go through the day. We're in a winter storm warning until this evening, probably after you're done with the work day, so if you're headed in it's likely that both of your commutes will be treacherous. Crews have been preparing days in advance for this first winter storm of the year. TXDOT began treating the major roadways on Monday, such as the loop, Marsha Sharp Freeway and I-27.Please use extra caution out there on the roads today. Conditions are icy, and more snow is expected on parts of the South Plains as we go through the day. We're in a winter storm warning until this evening, probably after you're done with the work day, so if you're headed in it's likely that both of your commutes will be treacherous. Crews have been preparing days in advance for this first winter storm of the year. TXDOT began treating the major roadways on Monday, such as the loop, Marsha Sharp Freeway and I-27.Crews will be out using their plows. Meanwhile, leaders from PD, Lubbock Fire Rescue, EMS, City Hall and more will be posted at the emergency operations center throughout the day. They declared a stage 3 or "increased readiness" EOC in response to the winter storm. We have an updated rundown of all the school delays here.
Man indicted accused of trying to burn down his girlfriend's home
Ira Horton is charged with arson in the fire at a duplex near 38th and Avenue P. The victim told police she and Horton had been dating for six months and he'd been staying with her, but she told him she wanted him out of the house. That's when police say Horton became angry, saying "if he couldn't live there, no one could". A witness told police he saw Horton leaving the duplex 15 minutes before a neighbor said there was a fire. Horton is held on a $75,000 bond. Harris County pathologists are working to identify remains, suspected to be a pre-mature baby found at a construction site. Workers reported finding the fetus at an isolated site near the north freeway. The sheriff says it was very small and probably just a few weeks into its term. Sheriff Ed Gonzales says the construction site's isolated from public view and investigators are using nearby surveillance video to find clues.
Charges filed in Texas A&M Commerce murders
Police in East Texas charged a man with capital murder for shooting and killing two sisters at Texas A&M Commerce. Jacques Smith is charged with the deaths of Abbaney and Deja Matts in a campus dorm room. Smith is Abbaney's ex boyfriend. Police found the sisters dead inside the Pride Rock residence hall Monday morning. Abbaney's two-year-old son also hurt. He's back at home with his family. Smith's capital murder charge carries the death penalty or life in prison without parole if he's convicted.
Lubbock attracts home-buyers
Lubbock continues to be an affordable place to live if you're looking to buy a home. The Lubbock Land Company hosted its annual market survey breakfast to discuss the average price of a home in our city. Industry leaders discussed notable market activity from last year and compared it with historical data for Lubbock residential markets from year's past.
Business Expo tomorrow
The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce will be kicking off its annual business expo tomorrow. This year includes a new expo series: Business at its Best. There will be two seminars, each focusing on different techniques to strengthen your business. There'll be more than 170 exhibitions, ranging from "mom and pops" to larger businesses. The expo acts as a networking opportunity to get as many businesses under one roof. It will be at the Lubbock Civic Center from 10 am to 4 pm. You can still get free tickets until 5 today. Tickets will be available at the door the day of the expo for $10.
Austin homeless camp burns
The city of Austin is trying to figure out how to handle a vast homeless camp that burned Monday. No one was hurt in the fire. The camp spans nearly three football fields in South Austin. The make-shift shelters under a bridge had generators, propane heating, and cooking stoves. Residents complained about giant piles of trash and needles in the area. About 100 people live in the catacomb-like network of tunnels and hovels. Another complication - it lies in a watershed under city control. In November, Governor Abbott instructed TXDOT to start clearing out encampments, but this one wasn't included on the list. The city's $250,000 contract covers about 20 sites. Residents have already returned to the makeshift homes that weren't damaged.
Interrogation clip released of suspected neo nazi
The Justice Department has released a single clip from a suspected neo nazi's interrogation, after he was arrested in Post. Aiden Bruce Umbaugh confessed to transporting guns and THC together, a federal crime. Investigators report finding three rifles, a pistol, ammo, pot, and THC oil in his car. Umbaugh was arrested wearing full tactical gear. Monitored jailhouse phone calls show Bruce Umbaugh declaring himself a nazi affiliated with "the atom waffen division." That's a neo-nazi group. He faces up to ten years in federal prison and is set to be sentenced in April.
Results tricking in from Iowa caucuses
The democratic presidential candidates are on to New Hampshire but the results from the Iowa caucuses are still trickling in. This caucus chaos is a huge embarrassment for the democrats in the Hawkeye State. After a day-long delay, the Iowa democratic party finally released some results from Monday's caucuses. The initial numbers point to Pete Buttigieg in the lead at 27%, with Senator Bernie Sanders trailing close behind at 25%. The campaigns now turn to the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday. But before the votes are cast, the top candidates will take the stage for another debate on Friday.
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