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DFW’s afternoon commute should be wet, but not icy

This week’s icy weather should not be as bad as what North Texas endured last week, when traffic on Interstate 30 was a mess.
This week’s icy weather should not be as bad as what North Texas endured last week, when traffic on Interstate 30 was a mess. Star-Telegram

The rain falling in the Fort Worth area should not turn to freezing rain and sleet until after this afternoon’s commute home.

Forecasts call for the wintry mix to hit Dallas-Fort Worth begin 6 and 9 p.m. Wednesday, said Greg Fields, a meteorologist with WFAA-Channel 8.

The precipitation is expected to turn to a mix of sleet and snow overnight, making for a potentially icy mess on roadways.

Fields said the precipitation should end by sunrise Thursday.

A winter weather warning remains in effect from 3 p.m. Wednesday until noon Thursday, when temperatures are expected to begin warming to above freezing. Thursday afternoon’s high should reach 38 degrees.

Amanda Schroeder, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth, said road condition late Wednesday and early Thursday “just depends on how much precipitation falls after we get the freezing temperatures.”

Temperatures should remain above freezing most of Wednesday, but with north winds of 15 to 25 mph, it will feel much colder.

Late and Wednesday and early Thursday will sell temperatures in the mid-20s, setting the icy table for Thursday morning.

“Once we get through Thursday morning, temperatures are expected to climb above freezing and the sun should come out,” Schroeder said.

Once the cold front moves out of North Texas, no rain is in the forecast for the next few days, meaning spring break will actually feel like spring, with sunny skies and temperatures in the low 60s by Monday.

Lee Williams, 817-390-7840

Twitter: @leewatson

Two-day forecast

Wednesday: Rain throughout the day turning to freezing rain and sleet in the evening. High temperatures in the mid-40s should drop to below freezing in the evening.

Thursday: Chance of sleet and snow with a morning low of 25, rising to 39 in the afternoon, with sunny skies.

Source: National Weather Service

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