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Looking for winter wonderland? Head north. Here’s why it missed DFW once again

Freezing rain hits Fort Worth causing traffic problems

Police close several flyovers at the intersection of Loop 820 and I-35W because of freezing rain and accidents in Fort Worth, TX, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.
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Police close several flyovers at the intersection of Loop 820 and I-35W because of freezing rain and accidents in Fort Worth, TX, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.

Commuters were met with a cold, winter rain Thursday morning but no sign of ice or snow.

From midnight Wednesday through 10 a.m. Thursday, 1.11 inches of rain had been recorded at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the official recording station.

Forecasters had said earlier in the week that there was a good chance of snow tracking across parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

But Texas weather, especially when it involves the frozen stuff, is always hard to predict.

The low pressure system that pumped all the moisture into Texas was originally expected to move closer to the DFW area but instead took a northern turn toward Wichita Falls.

Temperatures were hovering in the mid-to-upper 30s across most of North Texas. Only Graham and Wichita Falls were reporting freezing temperatures at noon Thursday.

“We’re seeing that low track steadily northward and we’re seeing some of our northwestern counties see a transition from rain to snow,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Patricia Sanchez. “For us here, we just anticipate the rain continuing the rest of the day.”

There was one report of snow near Chico in Wise County but the heavier stuff was well to the north.

For Wichita Falls, Archer City and a good chunk of Oklahoma, a winter storm warning is in effect until 6 a.m. Friday where freezing rain, sleet and 4-8 inches of snow are expected.

“You could definitely see some problems if you drive into Oklahoma today,” Sanchez said.

If you’re looking for some good news, a dramatic warmup is on the way. By Sunday, high temperatures will be in the upper 60s.

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Bill Hanna is an award-winning reporter who has covered just about every beat at the Star-Telegram. He currently covers Arlington but also writes about a variety of subjects including weather, wildlife, traffic and health.

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