By Garry Seith, CBS 11 News

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – A Winter Storm Warning will be in effect starting at midnight and lasting until 6:00 p.m. Wednsday evening. This warning covers most of North Texas including Dallas County and Tarrant County. The southern areas of North Texas will have a Winter Weather Advisory in place from 3:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday.

The storm system that will bring in this chilly weather is now coming together near the Panhandle, with a broad area of snow occurring across Kansas. The Tuesday morning temperature in Kansas City is sitting at 0 degrees. The surface-based low will track well to the south of North Texas, but the upper-level energy will sponsor two to four inches of snow for the DFW Metro area, and locations north to the Red River. Some spots could see five or six inches of snow.

But for Tuesday, look for mild conditions with sunshine giving way to clouds later in the day. The afternoon high temperatures will be around 54 degrees. Southeast winds will become breezy, with gusts between 25 and 30 mph. The clouds will bring spot showers on Tuesday evening.

The arctic front will arrive after midnight for the western parts of North Texas.

As the arctic air plunges into the area, rain showers will briefly change to sleet, then snow. That transition should begin between 2:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. Wednesday for the immediate Metroplex. Some heavy snow bursts are possible, with quick accumulations of an inch or two of snow per hour also being possible.

Overall, expect somewhere between two and four inches of snow over the DFW Metro area.

The snow will come to an end for the Metroplex during the late morning hours, but we cannot rule out some more flurries – along with a blustery northwest wind – during the afternoon. Snow showers will taper off to the east during the afternoon as well. Temperatures on Wednesday will hold in only the 20s, but wind chill factors will be in the single digits and teens.

Temperatures will plunge into the teens on Thursday morning and struggle to make it to the freezing mark in the afternoon. When it is all said and done, North Texas will see 54 hours of sub-freezing temperatures, from shortly after midnight Wednesday to late Friday morning.

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