System Weaker, Lesser Winter Impacts Expected

3:30 PM CST | December 7, 2018

The trend for lesser impacts from Winter Weather have continued since late yesterday. Many counties in West/Northwest Texas are under a Winter Weather Advisory where light ice accumulations and a few inches of snow are possible through tomorrow.

This is a big change from 36-48 hours ago when it appeared that a potentially significant Winter Storm may have unfolded. Once the system began to move onshore yesterday morning, the models had actual upper-air data available. This is when amounts went down some. More significant changes began to show yesterday evening as more of the system was sampled. More often than not, weather models underestimate systems out at sea. This time, it was the opposite. The western part of the state will get an early winter snow/ice with some travel impacts; however, travel impacts and power outages would have been much more significant if the system was stronger, as it originally appeared.

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