While yesterday felt like late summer, today was a whole different story for much of the state behind last night’s cold front. The threat for Wintry weather has also appeared in the forecast for parts of the state overnight and again during the day Wednesday and into Wednesday night as an upper level system approaches us from the west. Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories will be in effect for a large portion of far western Texas beginning at 6am Wednesday morning and continuing through 6am Thursday morning. The greatest threat for heavy snowfall will be across the Davis and Apache mountains region where accumulations between 3-4 inches can be expected in those higher elevations. Across the Guadalupe Mountains, Van Horn/Hwy 54 corridor, the Marfa Plateau, Big Bend and Trans Pecos, we’ll see lesser accumulations…between 1-3 inches along with slushy roadways and some minor ice accumulations on bridges. Residents across the area are urged to monitor their local forecast and avoid travel during heavy snowfall if at all possible. The very last thing you want is to get stuck out on the roadways across these more remote areas of the state where help could be very slow to arrive.
Elsewhere across parts of central Texas mainly west of the I-35 corridor, and up into the southern half of north central Texas mainly south of I-20, we could also see some bits of sleet and some snowflakes mixed in overnight and again tomorrow, but no roadway impacts are expected. Any bits of sleet or snow that do manage to make it to the ground will melt right away as surface temps will stay near or above freezing overnight and tomorrow, plus the ground is still quite warm from our recent bout of “summer”. Best chances for seeing a light dusting of snow will be southwest of the metroplex out towards Stephenville, Brownwood and Goldthwaite. Folks in the DFW metro area might even see a few bits of snow and some ice pellets as well, but again, no roadway impacts are expected. So everyone, please resist the urge to empty the grocery store shelves of bread? and milk?! ?
As expected, temps overnight tonight and into tomorrow will remain quite chilly and below normal for this time of the year. Lows will drop down into the low 20s across the panhandle region, mid 30s across northern Texas, upper 30s across central Texas and we’ll see 40s along the coast and across deep south Texas. Highs tomorrow will struggle to get into the mid 30s across western Texas with 40s to low 50s expected elsewhere. We’ll see a gradual warm up for the remainder of the week, and by next weekend, we’ll be back up into the 60s to low 70s once again! Here in Texas, we have ALL THE SEASONS in a single week!