Fort Worth

DFW could see a soaker Thanksgiving weekend

This weekend’s forecast may have college and high school football fans experiencing wet and chilly weather.
This weekend’s forecast may have college and high school football fans experiencing wet and chilly weather. Special to the Star-Telegram

The four-day Thanksgiving weekend is going to be a wet one.

For travelers getting out of town Wednesday, the weather should be fine. The return home this weekend will be a different story: cold and wet.

While temperatures will be warm for the Cowboys-Panthers game Thursday regardless of whether the AT&T Stadium roof is open, TCU and Baylor fans won’t be as fortunate. The forecast for Friday night’s rivalry matchup sounds a bit like the smack talk between the opposing fandoms.

“It’s going to be raw and nasty,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Martello.

For that game and dozens of high school playoff games, temperatures will be in the low 40s with a north wind of 15-20 mph. The chance of rain is 80 percent.

“You’ll need to wear a waterproof outer layer with a bunch of layers underneath,” Martello said.

By the time the rain ends, DFW could pick up 3 to 5 inches. Some areas northeast of Dallas could see 6-10 inches.

Read Next

“It’s going to be very similar to some of the other storm systems we’ve seen” this month and last month, Martello said. “It’s going to come in several rounds, with the first round Thursday night and the first half of Friday. The front will ooze through the DFW area on Friday with rain the sticking around into Saturday. It’s going to be a 72-hour event by the time it lifts out of here.”

2.79 Inches of rainfall needed at DFW Airport to tie the wettest year on record

If the forecast is correct, 2015 could be the wettest year on record by the end of the weekend.

“We’re only 2.79 inches shy of that right now,” said WFAA meteorologist Greg Fields.

You could be dealing with freezing precipitation.

National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Martello

Although it will stay above freezing locally, anyone traveling north and west may have to deal with icy roads. Freezing precipitation is possible for the Texas Panhandle and parts of western Oklahoma.

“If you’re going anywhere west of Wichita Falls or Abilene on Friday or Saturday, you need to pay attention to weather conditions,” Martello said. “You could be dealing with freezing precipitation.”

Bill Hanna: 817-390-7698, @fwhanna

Wettest years on record

1991: 53.54 inches

1932: 51.03

2015: 50.75

Related stories from Fort Worth Star Telegram

  Comments