Good morning and happy Wednesday everyone! Cold start today for most of the state, but we’ll be even colder by tomorrow morning. Wind Chill Advisories are already in place for 3am to Noon for much of northern Texas. Chill values of -10 degrees to zero degrees can be expected across areas under Advisories, so be sure to follow the Four P’s….People, Pets, Pipes and Plants. Hopefully by now, everyone has already prepared warm shelter for outdoor pets and livestock, covered all exposed outdoor faucets and pipes, and brought any outdoor plants inside. Remember to bundle up in layers tomorrow morning, including hat, gloves and warm boots, as exposed skin can begin to suffer the effects of frostbite within 30 minutes of exposure when the chill values dip that low.
Wind Chill values expected by 4am tomorrow morning….
The cold front has made it almost to the coast this morning which will mean much cooler highs today across all of the state. Much of coastal and south Texas have already reached their high for today, mainly in the 50’s and 60’s as temperatures have already begun to fall as the front passes through. Folks in the panhandle, western and west central Texas will be in the mid teens and low 20’s today. 30’s can be expected across north central, northeast and down into central Texas.
As yet another upper level disturbance approaches from the west later today, snow showers are expected to develop after sunset this evening across the northern and central panhandle region. The bulk of the panhandle snow is currently expected to fall between about midnight and 6am tomorrow morning. Overall accumulations there are expected to be light, but a few areas could see a couple of inches before daybreak on Thursday. Snow is also expected across parts of northwest and north central Texas during the morning to noon timeframe. Accumulations there are also expected to be light, ranging from about 1-2 inches out towards Wichita Falls, Vernon and Childress, with lesser amounts further east. The DFW area is not expected to receive more than a light dusting across the northern metro counties, and just a few flurries within the metro area.
Graphic courtesy of the NWS office in Ft. Worth, TX
Further south across parts of the Hill Country mainly around Austin and San Antonio, freezing drizzle is expected to develop overnight and into tomorrow morning. Ice accumulations are expected to be very low, but as we know so well…any ice accumulation in the Austin/San Antonio metro area can quickly cause hazardous driving conditions. Please check your local media and TXDot before heading out on the roads tonight and tomorrow morning. We will continue to monitor and keep you up to date with the latest!
Graphic courtesy of the NWS office in Austin/San Antonio, TX