Winter storm viewing begins Wednesday as North Texas prepares for snow, freezing rain and ice

North Texas (CBSDFW.COM) Tuesday got off to a mild start with temperatures in the low 50s and highs expected into the 60s, with partly sunny skies.

A winter storm watch is in effect in North Texas from 6:00 p.m. Wednesday until 6:00 p.m. Thursday. DFW could see up to an inch of snow with a 1 to 3 chance of snow in the Northwest. 0.1 to 0.3 ice accumulations are possible in the Metroplex by Thursday morning. Travel conditions will deteriorate Wednesday afternoon through Friday morning.

Wednesday begins with the arctic front moving into the morning hours. The front slides south and winds shift from the north while cold air settles in North Texas. This will bring temperatures down in the afternoon hours.

Rain begins at midday in the metroplex on Wednesday and continues into the evening hours. The Weather First Alert team has moved the time frame for the transition from rain to freezing rain. We’re now thinking the transition to freezing rain begins in the Northwest, near Bowie to Jacksboro, around 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the transition to freezing rain in the Metroplex is closer to 9:00 p.m. to midnight.

By sunrise Thursday, North Texas will have turned to ice or snow. Some models hint at an early transition even into freezing rain, so the First Alert Weather team is keeping a close eye on the latest model trends.

Winter precipitation is only one part of this system. The other is arctic air and strong northerly winds. Temperatures fall into the forties on Wednesday afternoon. Thursday, we only get warm until our mid-20s and feel like single numbers all day because of the strong north wind. Friday morning temperatures are in the 10s with winds cooler to 0 degrees in the western areas and in odd numbers in the metroplex. The sun is back on Friday afternoon and some spots will be warm above freezing – until the mid-30s. But there’s another cold morning in the store for Saturday with temperatures again on the ten.

Everyone is urged to begin preparations for the storm now and if possible to stay off the roads from late Wednesday to Friday morning.

Stay with the First Alert Weather team for the latest updates as we track this winter storm.

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