10:45 AM CST | December 26, 2017
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for far Northwest Texas until midnight CST. This includes cities such as Vernon and Wichita Falls. The National Weather Service in Norman states that "Areas of freezing drizzle expected. A glaze of ice is expected to occur on elevated surfaces." People need to be very careful on the roads, especially bridges and overpasses.
Farther south across the rest of Northwest Texas and into western North Texas, drizzle will turn into freezing drizzle this evening and tonight. I would not be surprised to see some more counties go under a Winter Weather Advisory later today. Folks in these areas will also need to exercise caution on the roadways into Wednesday morning as well.
An Arctic airmass looks to move into the state this weekend. This could be the coldest air the Southern Plains has seen in some time. While the system is likely to pass to our north, if enough energy lags to the southwest, it could lift some moisture over the cold air. The potential for Wintry Precipitation around Sunday, December 31st will need to be monitored in the upcoming days. As noted on the blog and Facebook page before Christmas, a stronger system may impact the region around January 4th-5th. The model guidance seems to be picking up on this, but they differ greatly from run to run. We will be keeping a close eye on all of this over the next 8-10 days. As we are already seeing, this winter is MUCH different than the last two. The "year without a winter" that most outlets had predicted yet again has not materialized. There is a lot at work, more than just the La Nina in the Pacific. Parts of the Texas Panhandle have already seen snow. Southern and Central Texas saw the BIG December 7-8th Winter Storm. Snow fell in places that had not seen ANY in decades! It is very hard for me to believe that North Central/Northeast Texas will escape without any wintry precipitation this winter, given the pattern we have watched develop since October. We are not even one month into the meteorological winter and are less than one week past the Winter Solstice. There is plenty of winter left. Whatever happens, we will keep you posted on the blog and Facebook page!