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Winter storm creates icy roads
LIVINGSTON – Another winter storm rolled through East Texas early Tuesday, bringing ice, sleet and small amounts of snow to the region. Although not as severe as the storm that blanketed the area with three to four inches of snow on Friday, Tuesday's cold front created treacherous driving conditions, especially over area bridges and overpasses. In advance of the storm, area schools announced Monday afternoon there would be no classes Tuesday. The Polk County Courthouse and all other county offices also were closed Tuesday due to the weather. While no Polk County roads were closed during the storm, the Polk County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) was up and running to closely monitor the situation. "We've been getting ice on the bridges and (the Texas Department of Transportation) has been rocking them so they have remained open," said OES Director Larry Pitts. "We've had reports that some parts of Highway 59 were closed in the Cleveland area and TxDOT did close down part of the loop around Lufkin." While there were reports of a number of minor traffic accidents due to slick road conditions, there were no major mishaps during the storm. "It appears that for the most part we're doing well," Pitts said. "People are slowing down or they're just staying off the highways." The OEM official noted that by Tuesday afternoon, temperatures had climbed above freezing and the bridges were beginning to thaw out. "What we're concerned with right now is what's going to happen tonight when the temperatures again fall below freezing," he said Tuesday.