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Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas brace for winter storm

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Motorist drive east on Texas State Highway 191 headed towards Midland from Odessa Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, in Midland County, Texas. Friday is the second day the Permian Basin has seen freezing weather as a Winter Weather Advisory issued by the National Weather Service for the region remains in effect until 11 a.m. Saturday. The NWS forecasts that the cold temperatures will remain in the Basin throughout the weekend with Sunday night seeing a 70% chance of snow. (AP Photo|Odessa American, Jacob Ford)/Odessa American via AP)

By KEN MILLER Associated Press

Officials in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas were bracing Saturday for a winter storm that forecasters say will bring heavy snow and ice to the region beginning Saturday night and Sunday.

“All of Texas is facing an extremely dangerous winter storm,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said while imploring residents to stay home and off the state’s roadways that he said will likely be ice-covered or snow-packed and impassable.

Abbott, who issued a disaster declaration for all 254 counties in Texas on Friday, said he is asking for a federal declaration as well ahead of the storm.

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