Reporting Jeff Ray
Filed underStorm Team Blog
This morning an icy mix of rain/sleet finally left through our northeast corner. Sunshine is replacing all of that but this brisk north wind will keep highs only in the low 40′s. It’ll be cold and dry for the next several days.
The storms yesterday and last night brought some good rains in Dallas, Ellis, Collin and Hunt Counties. Below you can see some local rainfall amounts reached over 1″. Parts of Dallas as well as McKinney and Waxahachie reported over an inch of rain on Saturday.
Highs today will only reach into the low 40′s in the metro area but stay in the 30′s across Cooke, Montague and Jack Counties. Brisk winds continue out of the north at 15-20mph all day; dying down finally in the late afternoon and early evening.
Monday morning we’ll wake with lows only in the mid-20′s and a hard freeze going on. It’ll be like that for the next couple of mornings.
This shot of cold weather is going to stick around for most of the week. Highs will only be in the low 40′s for Monday to Wednesday. This is stark contrast to Friday’s high of 71°; its been cold for the most part since the day before Christmas; after three days of above-normal temperatures we fall right back to winter. We’ll also see hard freezes in the nights:
One good thing to say concerns the rain. We had a massive amount of it fall on Tuesday and Wednesday, recorded a little more Thursday and Saturday. We’ve already surpassed the “normal” rainfall for the month, a good start to the new year. Keep in mind that the total rainfall over the last two years has been well below-normal; the driest 2-year period for Texas since the mid-50′s.
Right now we have removed any talk of precipitation on Wednesday and Thursday, this could change as some of the forecast models suggest another strong low coming out of the desert southwest giving us some winter weather. The set-up in fact could produce a high-impact ice storm so we’ll need to watch closely if other forecast models start to produce this weather solution as well.