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Good morning! Here's a look at the headlines today on Good Day Lubbock 5-9 a.m. on FOX34. Click here to watch live. 

Weather: If you must get out, take it slow on the roads and give double the normal time to get to your destination. Cloudy and the possibility for freezing fog this morning, then becoming sunny this afternoon. Highs will be in the 30s with a light southwest wind. Clear and very cold tonight with the lows in the teens, then warming to the lower 40s Tuesday.

School districts across our region handling the weather conditions in different ways

Some are canceling or postponing, others opting for a third alternative. Lubbock ISD and Cooper are have canceled in person classes, but they're doing online instruction. The pandemic helped prepare for this, with students having school-issued chrome books and tablets to use at home. So it won't be a typical snow day and because of they technology available, those may be a thing of the past. Lubbock ISD Superintendent Kathy Rollo says this allows the district to opt out of taking a snow day, because there's already a teacher planning day on the schedule this month. Teachers have lesson plans for today, some of which include going outside. While Lubbock ISD and Cooper are online today, Frenship has canceled both in-person and online learning for today.

The city and state starting preparing days ahead of time for this snowy weather

The city's public works lay sand and salt at major intersections. TEXDOT treated major roadways ahead of time, like I-27, Marsha Sharp Freeway, and US-84 with a saltwater solution. Crews are reminding drivers to allow them space. The city even posted a picture of a driver tailgating one of its vehicles, saying please don't do that. The main thing - stay home if you can. Drivers also need to keep an eye out for first responders who may be working on wrecks on the icy roads.

Today marks one year since the deadly I-27 wreck that killed two first responders

Officer Nicholas Reyna and Fire Lieutenant Eric Hill were hit and killed while responding to a wreck near New Deal. The crash also left firefighter Matt Dawson severely injured. Since then, LFR has made several changes to its safety protocols. Like adding more roadblocks and providing more protective helmets for its crew members while responding to roadway emergencies. There will be several PSAs throughout the week to remind drivers to be safe on the roads, especially during inclement weather.

Half a dozen people died from COVID-19 and its complications yesterday

We're at 611 dead from the virus in Lubbock. The city also confirmed 177 new infections yesterday and about 300 recovered. There are more than 3500 active cases.

Texas health officials reported nearly 13,000 new COVID-19 cases statewide yesterday and 186 deaths

Saturday was the 13th consecutive day for record hospitalizations in our state. As of yesterday, there have been 29,877 deaths since the pandemic began.

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