December 2, 2013

North Texas commuters could face icy weather on Friday

The weather service issues a special statement warning of the potential for a cold, slippery weekend.

Although balmy weather will stick around through today, North Texans could confront freezing rain as a norther moves in Thursday night.

By Friday morning, a wintry mix of precipitation could coat roadways and make travel treacherous, according to a special weather statement issued Monday by the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth.

Then, again, we could get a repeat of last week, when dire warnings of freezing rain and sleet proved unfounded.

“The cold air is going to be in place,” National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Martello said. “There will be a system with moisture overriding the cold air. The question is how much precipitation is going to fall. The tricky thing will be where the freezing line is located.”

A cold front is expected to move into North Texas on Wednesday, with a much stronger Arctic front to follow Thursday, the weather service said in the statement.

Precipitation is likely to continue into Thursday evening, when temperatures are expected to drop below freezing.

Some sleet could fall by Friday afternoon, and another round of wintry precipitation could arrive along with below-freezing temperatures Saturday night into Sunday.

But before winter returns, temperatures will be in the upper 70s today. Wednesday’s high is expected to be near 60.

Highs this weekend are expected to stay in the 30s.

“It will be like the last time, where we get a shot of cold air and it stays cold for two or three days, and then it warms back up when we get the southerly winds,” Martello said.

“By early next week, highs should be back in the 50s.”

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