Winter Storm WATCHES have been issued beginning at 6pm Sunday through Noon on Monday for the following counties in the Texas panhandle: Armstrong, Carson, Castro, Deaf Smith, Oldham, Palo Duro Canyon, Parmer, Potter, Randall and Swisher.

Our first winter weather event of the season is expected to impact portions of the Texas panhandle beginning late Sunday and continuing into Monday.  A strong cold front will move through the region early Sunday with temperatures dropping to around freezing by mid-day and dipping below freezing and into the upper 20s by Sunday night.  An upper level disturbance will also arrive by late Sunday afternoon into the evening hours with snow chances increasing by late Sunday afternoon and throughout the night into Monday morning.  As it stands now, the heaviest bands of snow are expected to arrive during the nighttime hours…after midnight….and continue into early Monday morning across the southwest and south central panhandle region.  Commuters on Monday morning in and around the Amarillo area will likely be facing reduced visibility and near blizzard-like conditions with winds gusting to 25mph.  Snow accumulations between 4 and 6 inches is likely along the I-40 corridor from the TX/NM border to just east of Amarillo.  Forecast snowfall totals drop off north of the I-40 corridor with 1 to 3 inches likely across the northern Texas panhandle up into the Oklahoma panhandle.  South and southeast of the I-40 corridor into portions of far western north Texas, snowfall totals ranging from 1 to3 inches is also possible.

Further east and closer to the DFW metroplex, little in the way of snow is expected on Monday.  Folks around Wichita Falls could see a wintry mix of rain and snowflakes, but at this time, no accumulating snow is expected across north central Texas or the DFW metroplex.  Sorry kiddos…no snow day!!! Temperatures are expected to remain above freezing for most of the day and will not drop to freezing until most of the precipitation has moved out of the area by Monday evening, so if we see any snow or wintry mix at all it will not stick around.  We will be dealing with rainfall and wet roadways along with blustery north winds which will make it a miserable day to be out and about.