Snow could be making its way to Bryan-College Station for the first time since February 2011.
The National Weather Service on Wednesday issued a winter storm watch for most of the Brazos Valley to be in effect from Thursday night to Friday afternoon.
The Texas Department of Transportation has its trucks ready to apply traction and de-icing materials to bridges and overpasses in the 10 counties making up the Bryan District -- Brazos, Burleson, Freestone, Leon, Madison, Milam, Grimes, Robertson, Walker and Washington -- as rain is expected to turn to sleet and even snow Thursday night into Friday in areas between College Station and Huntsville.
Meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Houston predict Thursday's high temperature, in the mid to low 40s, to be reached around midnight, and drop into the 30s or lower by the evening hours.
The snow could "definitely stick," meteorologist Phil Kuhn said, noting that the potential for 0.05 to 0.15 inches of snow and sleet could affect traffic and schools Friday morning.
The last time a trace of snow was recorded in College Station was Feb. 9, 2011. The year before, however, Aggieland saw 3 inches of snow, a record high snowfall for a single day. School district officials in Bryan and College Station will be monitoring road conditions and aim to have decisions made about school delays or closures by 6 a.m. Friday.
Parents can check campus or district websites for weather information, but they will also receive emails, calls and texts from the districts.
While forecasts show a 40 percent chance of precipitation Thursday afternoon through midnight Friday, meteorologist Josh Lichter said there's also the possibility that drier air could move in, pushing the precipitation away from the area.
"The forecast is subject to significant changes, but we're asking people to keep an eye on the forecast because this is a situation that can make traveling in a car very dangerous," Lichter said.
Fluctuating temperatures above and below freezing, along with the possible rain, sleet and snow, could make for icy roads.
Drivers should slow down and increase their following distance to allow more room for braking, but avoiding travel is best in icy conditions, Trooper Jimmy Morgan said.
"If you have a choice to stay home, that's a good option to take," he said.
In the event that your car does start to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes, steer into the direction of the skid until you've regained traction and straighten out the vehicle, TxDOT spokesman Bob Colwell said.
For updates on road conditions, visit DriveTexas.org or call 1-800-452-9292.