The heaviest sleet/ice accumulation was found from the northern parts of the Metroplex and point north and west. Some spots saw 4″ of sleet atop of a thin layer of ice…nasty conditions over these areas. Conditions were not quite as bad or icy the farther southeast you are from the Metroplex.
Whatever is on the ground as ice did not have much of a chance to thaw today, with temperatures staying below freezing. Traffic moving over roads did help to create tracks in the slush for better navigation, but the water in those tracks and elsewhere on the roads will refreeze tonight into tomorrow morning.
Lows tonight will be very cold over North Texas, especially in the areas that saw the most ice. Expect single digits by Saturday morning in communities just north and west of the DFW area!
For this reason, a HARD FREEZE WARNING has been issued for Denton, Collin, Parker counties and everyone north and west of there. Pipe bursting weather is likely…wrap those pipes, drip the faucets and bring in the pets!
In addition, the wind will continue out of the north at 10 to 15 mph, which send the wind chill, or feels like temperature, into negative territory! Expect it to feel like minus 10 to 0 by Saturday morning, again in the region that saw the most sleet fall.
Becuase of this dangerous cold, a WIND CHILL ADVISORY has been placed for the same folks under the HARD FREEZE WARNING. Frost bite or even hypothermia could set in very quickly. Be very careful.
In the immediate DFW area, we are forecast lows in the teens by Saturday morning. The record low for Saturday is 10°, so not quite there, thankfully. With highs only in the 20s expected, Saturday will be the coldest December day in DFW since December 23, 1998! The roads will still have quite a few icy spots since again we don’t get above freezing Saturday, plus we’re not expecting a great deal of sun either.
We may finally get above freezing briefly Sunday afternoon, but morning lows will be well below freezing for the next 5 to 6 days. Anything water on the roads by sundown will have a chance to refreeze each day through the middle of next week. There will be a little light freeze drizzle or sleet possible Saturday night into Sunday morning, but impacts and accumulation from that look minimal. Stay warm!
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