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Slight chance of snow in forecast for DFW

01/02/2013 11:12 PM

01/03/2013 10:46 PM

After last week's white Christmas, is it possible that snow will return so soon?

Just maybe, forecasters at the National Weather Service say.

Light rain was expected to develop in North Texas overnight as a storm system approaches from the west. The rain will begin transitioning to snow Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth.

Dallas-Fort Worth might see up to a half-inch of snow, with "very light" accumulations possible on grass and elevated surfaces, forecasters said.

A powerful upper-level low-pressure system was moving into Texas from the Baja Peninsula, said Jesse Moore, a meteorologist in the weather service's Fort Worth office.

"We are going to see a gradual increase of moisture across the region," Moore said. "And as the upper-level system moves in, it should create at least some light precipitation."

The temperature, expected to be around 30 tonight and warming into the upper 30s Friday, might be just low enough to produce snow.

But, Moore noted, the low-pressure system will lose much of its power by the time it reaches North Texas, which is why there is only a slight chance.

It's a different story in West Texas.

Snow began to accumulate into Thursday evening as the winter storm moved across the region.

West Texas west of San Angelo and south of the Midland-Odessa area was under a winter storm warning throughout Thursday.

Up to eight inches of snow, with isolated amounts approaching 10 inches, were expected across West Texas as the storm moved across the region.

In the El Paso area, the National Weather Service reported up to 3 inches of snow fell by nightfall Thursday.

Portions of at least three roads were closed, as were many local businesses and institutions. About an inch of snow covered most of the Trans-Pecos as nightfall approached, where 4 to 6 inches was expected.

Forecasters say 8 to 10 inches of snow was expected in the mountains.

In North Texas, temperatures are expected to warm into the 50s by the weekend.

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