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National Weather Service releases winter weather update

The National Weather Service released an updated weather alert Monday afternoon, that predicts some areas of the South Plains, including Hockley County, could receive up to four inches of snow by Wednesday.

Hockley County and the majority of counties on the South Plains are under a winter storm advisory.

The National Weather Service predicts that precipitation will increase in coverage and intensity Monday night and Tuesday. The main precipitation event could come Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.

By midnight tonight, the National Weather Service is predicting freezing rain and sleet, which could turn into freezing rain and snow by 7 a.m. Tuesday.

The freezing rain and snow could continue overnight Tuesday into Wednesday, creating hazardous conditions.

In addition to snow, the National Weather Service predicts Hockley County could receive up to a half inch of ice between Monday and Wednesday evening.

Some uncertainties with the forecast include the possibility that temperatures could rise above freezing before Wednesday.

The National Weather Service encourages local residents to avoid travel if possible, especially in areas that receive heavier winter precipitation.

The National Weather Service says a hard freeze is ongoing now and could continue through Wednesday afternoon.

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