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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: Drive more slowly than normal and plan extra time this morning with some icy spots. It's very cold outside and where snow is still on much of the ground is where cooler temperatures will be. High near 44 in Lubbock, west/southwest wind 5-12mph. Clear and very cold again tonight with lows in the teens. Lower 50s and sunny Wednesday, wind speeds climb to 10-18mph.

As you head out today, black ice is going to be the biggest problem

The stuff that melted yesterday afternoon refroze overnight and there are some patches of ice that may take you by surprise. Many schools and businesses are delaying opening to allow for more time to get there safely. Fortunately, the city had a good response for the heavy snow with preparation. Lubbock police report 103 crashes from Sunday through yesterday afternoon. That's way less than anticipated for how much snow we got. Even after the sun rises, make sure you plan ahead, drive slowly, and avoid bridges.

Texas Tech is ready to provide in-person classes next week, along with its virtual and hybrid programs

Dorms and residence halls open Thursday and the spring semester starts next Wednesday.

Two more deaths were reported yesterday for Lubbock County due to COVID-19

The total number is now up to 613. Hospitalizations have dropped. Now 217 people positive for COVID in Lubbock hospitals. The 22-county region's hospitalization rate remains over 15% so economic restrictions will continue. City staffers confirmed 130 new cases yesterday. 133 more people tell the health department they have recovered from a confirmed case of the virus. That brings the total number of active cases down to about 3500.

The City of Lubbock has filled all available appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine this week

Clinics scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday filled up within hours of opening registration. The clinics will be held at the civic center from 10-3 today and tomorrow and from 2-8 on hursday. Due to winter weather, lines will be moved inside this week.

Later today, state legislators will meet for the first time during the pandemic for their biennial legislative session

There will be less funding for the 87th legislative session, but not as much as lawmakers feared. The estimated state revenue for the next two years is $112.5 billion, State Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced on Monday. That means, the state will have about half a percent less than what was made available 2 years ago. But the deficit is nowhere near what it was a decade ago.

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