Tuesday brought sunny blue skies to North Texas, with afternoon highs in the mid-50s, but the fall-like conditions will soon disappear.
So much so that later in the week, there’s a chance of sleet and snow.
“We’ll have a very slight chance of a wintry mix,” said Steve Fano, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. “But we don’t have high confidence in a big accumulation of snow.”
What is definite is that a cold front arrived overnight, bringing temperatures to 33 degrees and north winds of 20 to 30 mph on Wednesday. It will be chilly throughout the day, with wind gusts to 40 mph.
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Thursday morning’s low is expected to dip to 18.
As the cold weather settles in over the Fort Worth area, an upper-level disturbance will begin moving toward Texas.
“If this system gets close enough to us … some of the models are indicating that there is a chance of sleet and snow,” Fano said.
That chance is about 20 percent overnight Thursday, 30 percent Friday and 20 percent Saturday. Some elevated roadways could be slick in the early morning, but because temperatures are expected to reach 35 to 37 degrees during the day, road conditions aren’t likely to worsen.
On Saturday evening, any precipitation would “mostly be rain,” Fano said.
There’s a 40 percent chance of rain Sunday as well, with temperatures in the low 40s.
And just in case you wondered, the forecast for Green Bay, Wis. — where the Cowboys play the Packers at noon Sunday in an NFC playoff game — calls for a low of 1 degree that morning, warming up to 16 that afternoon, with sunny skies.
Lee Williams, 817-390-7840
North Texas forecast
Wednesday: Morning low of 29, afternoon high of 35
Thursday: 18, 39, with a slight chance of sleet and snow overnight
Friday: 28, 36, with a slight chance of sleet and snow
Saturday: 26, 37, with a slight chance of sleet and snow, turning to rain
Source: National Weather Service