A Winter Storm Warning for Heavy Snow is in effect tonight through Thursday evening for most of the Texas Panhandle, South Plains, Trans-Pecos and Davis Mountains including Dalhart, Dumas, Borger, Perryton, Pampa, Amarillo, Hereford, Dimitt, Plainview, Lubbock, Littlefield, Morton, Post, Seminole, Midland, Odessa, Pecos, Van Horn, Fort Stockton, Fort Davis, Marfa, and Alpine. Snow accumulations will vary depending on the location but the western Texas Panhandle could see up to a foot of snow.
A Winter Weather Advisory for Snow in portions of the Permian Basin, West-Central Texas, Northwest Texas, and the eastern Texas Panhandle including Shamrock, Clarendon, Childress, Matador, Guthrie, Vernon, Crowell, Quanah, Wichita Falls, Aspermont, Snyder, Sweetwater, Big Spring, and Big Lake. In addition extreme West Texas including El Paso are also included. Snow accumulations will vary on location but amounts and impacts are expected to be less than the Winter Storm Warning.
A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for a portion of the Concho Valley including Abilene and San Angelo. This will likely be converted to a Winter Weather Advisory later tonight for the chance of light snow accumulations with some travel impacts on elevated surfaces.
A Rain/Snow mix is possible northwest and west of the D/FW Metroplex tonight and THursday morning where minor snow accumulation on grassy surfaces will be possible. Surface temperatures will remain above freezing and travel impacts are not expected in this area. There is a light chance for snow Thursday Night across much of North Texas including the D/FW Metroplex where we may see a dusting to half an inch of snow accumulate on grassy surfaces. No travel impacts are expected at this time. One caveat is if we see a band of heavier snow develop and move over an area for an extended period of time.
Rain has changed over to snow in Amarillo where it’s accumulating pretty rapidly now. Surface temperatures there are sitting just above freezing and thus for now roads are just wet with a little slush. As temperatures fall below freezing this evening in the Panhandle any water/slush on the roads will freeze over and snow will also begin to easily accumulate on roads. The rain/snow line will continue to slowly progress south this evening to encompass the southern Panhandle and eventually the South Plains.
A large area of rain will continue moving northeast across the Hill Country, North Texas, and Central Texas late this afternoon. Rain has begun falling in the D/FW Metroplex and that will continue into tonight. Over the next few hours precipitation will expand eastward to encompass all of Central and East Texas. We’ll also see heavier precipitation with thunderstorms develop later tonight across the Hill Country and South Texas which will also move east/northeast across South Texas into the Brazos Valley.