Reporting Jeff Jamison
Filed underStorm Team Blog
ONE MORE MILD DAY THURSDAY
It was nice to see the sunshine today and milder temperatures…we’ll have more sun tomorrow and even warmer readings into the lower 60s over parts of the area. There will be a little rain developing overnight south and east of the Metroplex. The Corsicana-Athens-Palestine areas could see a little rain during the morning hours on Thursday, but the majority of North Texas should be rain-free.
TURNING COLDER FRIDAY & SATURDAY
A cold front will move through the area Thursday night into Friday morning dropping temperatures again. Clouds will also accompany the front, so don’t expect to see much sunshine at all Friday or Saturday. Temperatures will struggle to get into the 40s both days.
CHRISTMAS EVE LIGHT SNOW POSSIBLE
An upper level low will move into New Mexico and West Texas Friday and help generate snow there. With the cold air already in place here, we will begin to see a few cold sprinkles Friday afternoon…turning into a steadier light rain into Saturday. Snow will begin to increase from the west on Saturday, mainly affecting the Hill Country actually. This system continues to show signs of slowing and moving farther south. This would mean that the heaviest precipitation would be in Central and South Texas during the day Saturday.
We do think by Saturday afternoon & evening that North Texas will see a light wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow. At this point, it does look like a LIGHT mix, with possible light accumulations on car tops or grassy areas. Temperatures are forecast to stay above freezing here at the surface, so travel issues are not anticipated.
Travel could be more of an issue in Central Texas where precipitation is forecast to be heavier. There occasions are rare where the farther south you travel the higher chance of running into snow, but that seems to be what is shaping up for our state.
CLEARING OUT BUT COOL CHRISTMAS DAY
Clouds should decrease by Christmas morning, leaving us with a little more sunshine Christmas Day. It will still be on the cool side with high temps near 51°. If any snow happens to accumulate Saturday, it should be long gone by midday Sunday.