Reporting Jeff Jamison
Filed underStorm Team Blog
NO PRECIPITATION OVERNIGHT…JUST COLD
The cold front that moved through Thursday evening has left its chilly mark on North Texas Friday. Temperatures are only in the 40s this afternoon with a lot of clouds. We did have enough dry air mix in west of Denton, Tarrant & Johnson counties, clouds departed & the sun was out. The clouds will move back into these areas overnight, leaving practically all of North Texas cloudy by Christmas Eve morning.
We’re not expecting any rain overnight, just cold weather as readings should slide back into the mid 30s in the Metroplex and areas off to the south and east. West of the Metroplex temperatures will be in the 28-32° range.
TURNING WET SATURDAY AFTERNOON
An upper level low parked over far west Texas will begin to inch slowly to the east, but will provide enough lift and enough moisture to be drawn in for rain to set in by Saturday afternoon. Areas south of I-20 will see the rain first, then most of the area should see rain by late afternoon. Temperatures should make it to 40-42° over the Metroplex…with temperatures in the upper 30s to the west. But if you can, get that last-minute shopping done early, because it will be pretty wet and nasty as the day wears on.
SNOW JOINS THE CHRISTMAS PARTY
While temperatures at the surface and on the ground should stay above 32°, the air aloft will be plenty cold enough for snow flakes to form. We will start to see the rain changeover to a rain/snow mix by late afternoon and evening mainly along and west of I-45 & Hwy 75. Depending on the vigor of this system, we could have larger flakes mixing in with the rain throughout the evening. It’s possible we’ll see a little slush on the roads where the snow is falling at a higher clip, but the roads will mainly just be wet. Areas west of Weatherford up to Gainesville may see enough snow to accumulate on grassy areas and roof tops. Temperatures in these areas will be a little closer to 32° and thus there could by an icy patch or two in our far northwestern areas tomorrow night.
The rain/snow mix should continue off and on overnight into Christmas morning. If Santa is coming to your house, hope he has a rain slicker. The mix should taper off Sunday morning to mainly just rain again as it exits to the east. We should see a slow drying trend throughout the day Sunday with temperatures heading toward 50°
Overall this looks to be a rain event with some snow mixing in but we’re not anticipating major travel impact because surface temperatures are forecast to be above freezing. This snowfall will begin to really accumulate as you head west on I-20 toward Abilene & Sweetwater and down toward San Angelo.
Here’s the 7day forecast.