There has been a sharp gradient line across the D/FW Metroplex this morning with temperatures just above freezing from Downtown Dallas and points southeast. Just to the west and northwest across western and northwestern Dallas, Tarrant, Denton, and Collin counties temperatures have been in the upper 20s. There are over 65,000 folks without power in D/FW right now and roads are iced over. Up to 3.5 inches of sleet accumulations has been reported in Little Elm (Denton County) with 1.5 to 2.5 inches now reported in Tarrant county. Freezing Rain and Sleet continues to fall across the northwest half of North Texas along with the Hill Country. A second band of sleet mixed in with some snow across parts of West-Central Texas north to Childress southeast to Vernon spreading northeast into much of Central Oklahoma.
The winter storm will continue to produce accumulating sleet and ice over the next several hours. Accumulation will continue to increase with the potential for tree damage and power outages.
Based on the latest high-resolution model data, it looks like the precipitation will continue in North Texas and the D/FW Metroplex through 8 AM when it finally starts moving east. Until then, freezing rain and sleet will continue to pelt the region as temperatures continue to fall into the mid and upper 20s. Areas that have not received ice accumulations yet due to being above freezing could begin to have issues through 5 AM as the freezing line continues to move southeast.
We have light precipitation moving towards I-35 from San Antonio north to Georgetown. With temperatures in the 32 to 33 degree range some light icing may occur on elevated surfaces like trees. We don’t expect any surface roads to be impacted, but I can’t rule out a few patchy spots of ice on bridges if enough precipitation can fall in a short time. Impact will remain minimal.