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This winter’s first snow in DFW may come Wednesday but North Texas drivers should be more cautious of freezing rain.

New Year’s Day should be dry ahead of the cold front that’s moving in.

A “pretty good punch” of northern cold air will push into the Metroplex Tuesday evening and bring rain and later freezing rain, said National Weather Service meteorologist Monique Sellers. There is a slight chance for snow flurries, she said, depending on how long the cold front sticks around.

Rain is likely to start Tuesday evening in Fort Worth and turn to a wintry mix by sunrise Wednesday. There’s a 50 percent chance of precipitation throughout Wednesday with temperatures in the low- to mid-30s.

Ground temperatures likely won’t be cold enough for ice to accumulate significantly. Farther west, around Stephenville and toward the Panhandle, ice and snow may build up, creating a travel hazard, Sellers said.

“There should be minimal trouble here in DFW,” she said. “That is subject to change, so we’re keeping an eye on those surface temperatures.”

With an expected high near 50 on Thursday, any ice that does stick should melt quickly, she said. Thursday and Friday will bring mostly sunny skies.

Ahead of the punch of winter weather, New Year’s Day should stay dry and cool.

Monday should reach the mid-60s with increasing clouds. New Year’s Day temperatures will hover in the high-30s with little chance for rain before the evening blast of cold air.

Heavy rain blanketed Fort Worth on Sunday night.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends drivers traveling in winter conditions move slow as it is harder to stop a vehicle in slick conditions, increase follow distance between between cars and know if the vehicle has anti-lock brakes. As always, drivers shouldn’t text or engage in other distracting actives.

The agency also recommends caring a shovel and ice scraper as well as abrasive material such as cat litter in case the car gets stuck. Blankets, food, water and necessary medications are also important to have on hand in the winter.

Parker County extension agent shows resident how to safely trim trees broken by the freezing rain west of Fort Worth.

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Luke Ranker covers the intersection of people and government focused on Fort Worth and Tarrant County. He came to Texas from the plains of Kansas, where he wrote about a lot, including government, crime and courts in Topeka. He survived a single winter in Pennsylvania as a breaking news reporter. He can be reached at 817-390-7747 or lranker@star-telegram.com.

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