It was in the 60’s in the early morning hours, the warmest morning since December 20th. A cold front came through before the daylight started; cold northwest winds quickly pushed the temperatures down into the 40’s where they stayed all afternoon.
The cold air will continue to move in just as an upper level disturbance moves overhead. This is almost always a scenario that produces some kind of winter precipitation for north Texas during the cold season. This one is no exception, a WINTER STORM WARNING is in effect for Sunday for our northwest counties:
We expect the warned area to get freezing rain topped with sleet and snow. Some significant amounts of snow/sleet are expected; certainly enough create significant travel problems:
Notice that a band of accumulating sleet/snow closes in on the metro area. This is a difficult forecast as we expect temperatures in the metroplex to drop to just around freezing by afternoon. This will change a cold rain over to a sleet/snow mix by mid-day and on.
If the sleet is heavy enough it’ll ice up the bridges and overpasses. The Metro area as well as Parker, Wise, Denton and Collin counties are under a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY. It also includes counties stretching down to Eastland and up to Fanning.
Travel impacts will be highest in the warned areas of course. But for the metroplex the possibility of slick elevated surfaces as people are going to and from their Superbowl parties could produce major problems:
Temperatures are everything in this forecast; if the metro area drops down in the upper 20’s by afternoon the roads will be much, much worse. Please watch for updates on the blog and follow Jeff Jamison on Twitter @CBS11JeffJam. He’ll be in the across the morning hours. In the afternoon Larry Mowry and I will be in the Weather Center (@CBS11Larry and @CBS11Jeffrey) to provide the latest information.
In the extended forecast
We have a decent chance of rain Monday night into Tuesday morning. There is another chance of sleet and rain on Friday. And those 60’s this early morning? It won’t get that warm again I suspect until Wednesday of next week (the 12th)!