Winter Weather Advisory Today and Winter Storm Likely Early Next Week

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SOURCE: Mary Jones, OEP Director

…Freezing Rain/Drizzle Today for Portions of NE Texas, SE Oklahoma, and SW Arkansas…

Motel 6

…Cold Weather and Possible Accumulation of Snow/Sleet/Ice Early Next Week…

Timing and Overview:

  • An Arctic air mass will continue to invade from the northwest, continuing a major pattern change across our area through next week.
  • A mix of rain, freezing rain, and freezing drizzle will push through the area today into¬†tonight and early Friday. An additional Winter Weather Advisory is possible for tonight into Friday morning for parts of the area.
  • Temperatures will continue to drop each day through early next week with an extended period of sub-freezing temperatures for most of our area from late this weekend through at least early next week.
  • We continue to monitor the threat of a significant winter storm on Monday that would bring potential snow, sleet, and ice accumulations to the area.

Expected Accumulations:

  • Some icing from just a light glaze up to near a tenth of an inch of ice is possible through noon today for portions of NE Texas, SE Oklahoma, and SW Arkansas.
  • For early next week, it is still too early to tell specifics on accumulation amounts and timing due to the uncertainty, however snow/sleet/ice accumulations will be possible.

Impacts:

  • A light icing is possible in the advisory area today, particularly on bridges, overpasses, trees, and powerlines.
  • Prolonged cold temperatures and wind chills (especially north of I-20) Sunday into Tuesday will be a concern for unprotected pipes, plants, and pets left outdoors.
  • There is the potential for major travel impacts should a winter storm develop for the area early next week.

o Confidence in significant weather impacts is increasing.