The second of two arctic fronts this week arrives tomorrow with another surge of much cooler air into the state which will stick around for Friday and into the weekend as well. The front will arrive across the panhandle tonight, into north Texas by sunrise tomorrow morning, across central Texas around around noon, south central Texas by tomorrow evening and deep south Texas by early Friday morning. Wind chills behind the front overnight and tomorrow across the panhandle region will be bitter. Wind Chill Advisories are in place across the northern and western panhandle beginning at midnight tonight through noon on Thursday with chill values of 5 to 15 below zero expected. Just for grins, take a look at the graphic below which shows the panhandle and much of northern Texas well below seasonal averages tomorrow afternoon while the western and southern regions are above normal. This goes to show you how dramatically the climate can differ across our state. Colder than average temperatures will stick around for the weekend, but by next Monday, we’ll be back above average temperatures and stay that way for a couple of days before another cold front arrives.
We’ll have some wintry weather with this front Thursday afternoon through Friday…most of which will fall across the panhandle region. Snowfall amounts will be greatest across the western panhandle where 4-6 inches will be likely. The further east you go, the snow totals will drop off with Amarillo seeing 3-4 inches and Canadian seeing 2-3 inches. Residents in and around Lubbock will see light snow ranging from a dusting to possibly and inch or two. Travel impacts across the region are highly likely, so be sure to check local media and TXDot (drivetexas.org) for the latest information on road closures and accidents.
Unfortunately, it’s looking more and more likely that kiddos across north central Texas…who I realize have been dreaming all winter for at least one Snow Day…will likely not see much in the way of white stuff. The best chances for any accumulating snow with potential travel hazards will be up along the Red River…Nocona, Gainesville, Sherman, Denison, Paris…where roads and bridges could become slick. Across the DFW metroplex, dry flurries will be the most likely mode of precipitation Thursday night through Friday which would likely all sublimate in the very dry near-surface air. As a precaution, TXDot crews have been out today spreading brine mixture on bridges and overpasses in Ft. Worth, Dallas and other parts of the metroplex in preparation for any chance of accumulating ice or snow.