A band of freezing rain is moving north/northeast across the Permian Basin, Concho Valley, into Northwest Texas. Some of this freezing rain is locally heavy and will deposit 0.10″ of new ice accumulation per hour which is impressive (not in a good way.) Road conditions across the Permian Basin and Concho Valley are slick and hazardous including Interstate 20. This band will move into Midland, Odessa, SNyder, and Henrietta over the next hour. Temperatures below freezing will ensure that freezing rain will quickly cause ice to accumulate on all surfaces including roadways.
This is not the major winter weather event we’re anticipating to ramp up later today. This is a preview of whats to come as moisture increases. In fact this morning’s precipitation is likely being caused by warm air advection which is pumping moisture northward. We’ll have a detailed update on the anticipated major winter storm in a blog in the 4 to 5 AM timeframe.