FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – We dodged a snow bullet over the weekend, as yet another storm system with a shot of colder air traveled across North Texas. Thankfully, the skies were sunny for most of Super Bowl Sunday, allowing those who were visiting from out of town to get a small taste of what is typically mild Texas weather.
The cold air did bring a little light snow to the Abilene area on Sunday evening, but it was just rain for North Texas, with temperatures well above freezing. The next system on Wednesday looks to be more promising in terms of cold air and snow.
The National Weather Service has already initiated a Winter Storm Watch for the DFW Metro area and the northern half of North Texas for Tuesday night and Wednesday. The timing of the storm still looks like it will be Wednesday morning’s rush hour. Expect a transition from rain to sleet to snow. The will last through the drive to work and into the late morning hours.
The main track of this midweek storm is in Oklahoma, meaning that the higher snow totals – near six inches in some places – will be in Oklahoma and Arkansas. But most computer models indicate that there will be enough moisture and cold air available between the Red River and the Metroplex to produce between one and two inches of snow. There is even the potential for three to five inches to the north and northeast of the DFW Metro area.
This shot of arctic air will send the mercury below freezing during the morning hours Wednesday. And the temperatures on Thursday morning will dip into the low-to-middle teens. In fact, the high temperature on Thursday afternoon should only make it to about 32 degrees.
But this cold snap should be short-lived, with a quick warm-up on Friday and then 60 degree temperatures on tap for the entire weekend.