2:15 PM CST | December 28, 2017
Warmer than normal temperatures return to West Texas tomorrow. Places like Amarillo and Lubbock will make it well into the 60*F's with some 70*F's expected farther south and west. Farther east, temperatures will be near or slightly below normal across Northern and Central Texas. The I-35 corridor, including Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio, will see highs in the low-50*F's on Friday. This brief warm-up will come to an end as a frigid Arctic airmass barrels into the state on Saturday/Saturday night.
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The forecast soundings indicate that light precipitation should occur near and behind the front. Amounts appear very light at this time, but given the shallow nature of the cold airmass, areas of freezing drizzle are likely. This would begin Saturday afternoon in parts of the Texas Panhandle and Northwest Texas. This would progress southward Saturday night and New Year's Eve. Before dry air brings an end to the moisture, some flurries will be possible. Otherwise, freezing drizzle appears to be the primary winter hazard this weekend. This is what the National Weather Service in Fort Worth is forecasting for North Central Texas at this time.
Expect some adjustments to the timing as we get closer. Fortunately, amounts are expected to be in the hundredths of an inch, so any icing of the roadways *should* be light. This is not to say that there will not be any travel issues, though. We will have to keep an eye on it over the next few days, in case the data suggests more moisture behind the front. You can get the latest from Texas Storm Watch on the blog and Facebook page.
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