Snow, sleet expected, but metro area impact minimal

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Super Bowl party planners take note: The game-time forecast for 43 degrees in New Jersey will be about 10 degrees warmer than in Dallas-Fort Worth, where there is also a 90 percent chance of snow and sleet.

Relax, this won’t be another Atlanta winter Armageddon. Even with a dread-instilling 90 percent chance of snow/sleet mix on tap today, overall impacts are expected to be minimal.

That’s not to say it won’t be mostly miserable in the Metroplex with a high chance of downright nasty north and west of us.

The National Weather Service has posted a winter weather advisory for light ice accumulations from 6 a.m to 9 p.m. today for DFW.

“It does look like we are going to see a wintry mix. The real question is temperature; for most of the day surface temperatures are going to stay just above freezing. By midafternoon it will be hovering around freezing,” said Steve Fano, a meteorologist in the weather service’s Fort Worth office.

“In order for us to see a real big problem we would need temperatures closer to 29 or lower,” he said.

That’s likely to happen north and west of a line from Gainesville to Breckenridge, where temperatures will be lower and a winter storm warning will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 9 tonight.. Sleet accumulations of 1 inch will be possible followed by 2 to 4 inches of snow. Up to 1 inch of snow will be possible from Eastland to Weatherford to Denton.

“It’s not going to be a continuous day of precipitation. It’s going to be intermittent. I think midmorning will be the most likely time to see the first precipitation in the Metroplex. I think most of that will fall as a cold rain but there’s a chance it could fall as freezing rain,” Fano said.

Temperatures will drop to around 27 overnight, resulting in some icy patches on roads Monday morning, Fano said.

Widespread rain of up to a quarter-inch is expected Monday night and Tuesday morning.

The weather pattern will stay active, and there’s yet another chance of wintry precipitation Thursday night and Friday in DFW.

“Right now the computer models say, yes, there could be some freezing rain or sleet. It’s just too early to tell if temperatures will fall low enough for that to be a problem,” Fano said.

Steve Campbell, 817-390-7981 Twitter: @stevecamp

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