Snow skips Fort Worth area, but cold sticks around
02/07/2014 8:56 AM
02/07/2014 9:03 AM
Thursday’s light blanket of snow turned out to be a one-hit wonder, as Friday’s expected front moved mostly north of the Fort Worth area.
Friday morning commuters still had to contend with the remnants of Thursday’s storm, which dropped 1 to 2 inches of snow on the Metroplex, but it was smooth going for the most part.
Another storm system had a chance to dump more snow Friday afternoon, but it headed north instead.
The National Weather Service warned motorists to drive with care Friday evening and overnight because patches of ice from earlier precipitation remained on roadways.
Temperatures stayed below freezing most of the day with a low of 23 recorded just before 4 a.m. But it warmed up in the late afternoon to 32, the day’s high.
The cold, not the snow, prompted the state’s largest electric grid to ask consumers to reduce their power consumption overnight Thursday.
Electricity use in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the manager of the power grid that serves about 85 percent of the state, nearly set a winter record Thursday, ERCOT’s director of system operations, Dan Woodfin, said in a news release.
ERCOT lifted a conservation alert at 11 a.m. Friday. “We are grateful for consumers’ support during the extreme cold that has increased the demand for power and limited generation capacity,” the news release said.
The weekend should be more pleasant, with highs in the mid-50s and sunny skies during the day. But morning drivers, beware: The forecast calls for areas of fog before 9 a.m.
Another front is expected to move in late Sunday, bringing with it a 20 percent chance of rain that could change to freezing rain or sleet overnight, said Dan Huckaby, a meteorologist with the weather service office in Fort Worth.
“Initially we will have some rain on Monday, but then we have another shot of cold air coming in, and we could possibly see a wintry mix on Tuesday,” Huckaby said. “It’s a little too early to say exactly what type of precipitation we might have.”
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