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Here’s why DFW didn’t see the snow and destructive winds that were predicted

Temperatures fall as a cold front hits downtown Fort Worth

At Fort Worth’s Meacham Airport, the cold front arrived at 2:10 p.m. Within 45 minutes, temperatures dropped from 63 to 48 degrees and 29 mph wind gusts were recorded.
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At Fort Worth’s Meacham Airport, the cold front arrived at 2:10 p.m. Within 45 minutes, temperatures dropped from 63 to 48 degrees and 29 mph wind gusts were recorded.

A weather system that developed over North Texas on Thursday afternoon and persisted through Friday was supposed to drop a little wet snow on the region and bring powerful, destructive winds.

So why didn’t that happen? A meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Fort Worth said there were two main culprits.

“For the winter weather, the main problem was that we didn’t really have a lot of strong Arctic air coming into the region,” Jason Godwin said. “In most of our winter weather events, we usually have that strong presence of Arctic air. It just wasn’t quite cold enough.”

The predicted strong winds were based on a forecast that showed a low-pressure system intensifying between Thursday evening and Friday morning. That just didn’t pan out, Godwin said.

“That didn’t intensify quite as much as we’d expected,” he said. “Had it been stronger than what we saw, we’d have gotten those 50-mph wind gusts.”

Wind speeds mainly stayed between 30 and 40 mph in the Fort Worth area, he said.

Still, the forecast was mainly accurate for the portions of Texas the weather service was mostly concerned about, Godwin said.

“Out west, around Sweetwater, they actually did have several inches of snow,” he said.

Residents of Parker County reported seeing a few snowflakes, Godwin said.

Godwin said the next few days should bring slightly warmer, sunny weather with highs pushing toward the 60s. There could be a low chance of rain on Tuesday and Wednesay as well.

“It should be a pretty quiet week,” he said.

Stephen English covers breaking news for the Star-Telegram. He attended Texas Wesleyan University and has lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for more than 30 years.
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