4:45 PM CST | January 14, 2018
Our next Winter Weather Event is getting ready to unfold. A strong cold front will move into North Texas late Monday as moisture is lifting northward. Rain will switch to Freezing Rain/Sleet just behind the boundary before switching to Snow as colder temperatures aloft push southward. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for areas generally along a Paris, to Dallas-Fort Worth, to Abilene, to San Angelo line. This will go into effect 6 PM Monday and continue until 12 PM Tuesday. Light accumulations of Sleet/Snow are expected across parts of the advisory area. Minor accumulations of Ice are possible, but the primary winter precip types should be Sleet and Snow. Travel will become hazardous Monday night and Tuesday.
Farther south and east, a Winter Storm Watch has been issued for a good portion of the state. Sleet and Snow should be the primary precip types in Northeast Texas where widespread amounts of 2-3 inches are possible with locally higher amounts. The main hazard will shift to Freezing Rain and Sleet in Central Texas. Sleet/Ice accumulations of .10" to .25" are possible along with a dusting to .50" of snow. The first graphic is from the National Weather Service office in Austin/San Antonio. The second graphic is a view of all the advisories and watches. As you can see, the current advisories and watches align well with what we had discussed on Friday evening (see last graphic). The greatest concern continues to be a stretch from Central Texas to Northeast/East Texas. This is where the best moisture will combine with the colder temperatures. While no advisories or watches have been issued for Southeast Texas, I anticipate at least some counties being placed under a Winter Weather Advisory. Continue to keep a close eye on your local forecast as some adjustments can be expected over the next 24-36 hours. Hazardous travel is likely across portions of the state, especially across the Winter Storm Watch area. Prepare accordingly. You can get the latest on the blog and Facebook page!