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Cold temperatures break records in Abilene, rain causes car accidents

By Jennifer Kendall, jkendall@ktxs.com
Published On: Jul 15 2013 10:12:29 PM CDT
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ABILENE, Texas -

Abilene’s high temperature was one for the record book Monday. The high of 68 degrees was the lowest high temperature ever recorded in July. It broke the old record by 2 degrees.

"Normally we'd look for high temperatures in the mid 90s lows in the low 70 lots of sunshine," said KTXS Chief Meteorologist Mark Rowlett.

While the rain is always welcome in Texas it has caused lots of trouble on the roads.

About 1:30 p.m. Monday the driver of an 18-wheeler lost control on the wet road. The big-rig hit a pole, a fence and jack knifed into the Grove apartment’s parking lot, barely missing parked cars.

Around 11 a.m. a pregnant woman lost control of her car on I-20 near Merkel. The vehicle flipped and the woman was trapped inside. She was taken to the hospital with several broken bones.

Rowlett said travel conditions may remain treacherous for a couple more days.

"The heavy rainfall threat will continue probably until Wednesday, so we need to keep our guard up and be very mindful of any flooding on the roadways," said Rowlett. 

The average Abilene rainfall for the entire month of July is 1.87 inches. So far today we have had over two inches with more to come.