Another cold front snuck quietly through the state today. While this front did not carry any chances for precipitation, it will bring additional cold air to reinforce what is already in place across much of the central and northern portions of the state. That being said, lows tonight for much of the panhandle will drop back down into the teens and low 20′s tonight with a light north wind. I think the folks at the National Weather Service office in Amarillo summed up how to prepare for that quite nicely in their early afternoon forecast discussion: ”THROUGH TONIGHT: YOU’LL WANT TO HAVE THE FIRE ON AND THAT CUP OF COFFEE OR HOT COCOA ON STANDBY IN THE MORNING BECAUSE IT’S GOING TO BE COLD WITH LOWS IN THE TEENS”
For north central Texas, one more night of temps below freezing before lows on Thursday night into Friday morning finally look to get above the 32 degree mark. This would certainly be a Blessing to help melt the residual ice pack still hanging around. I know that up in my area north of Dallas, some fields look like they’ve hardly melted at all, and the frozen slush covering some of the rural roadways in the mornings has made for some pain in the rear morning traffic backups. That said, with lows dropping into the low to mid 20′s tomorrow morning, expect some re-freezing of icy slush and runoff, plus a chance for some patchy freezing fog.
Here’s a look at the low temps expected tonight across the remainder of the state.
A look ahead…. Earlier today, Conley blogged about the possibility of another very strong arctic front approaching the region by the weekend before Christmas. I wanted to share his blog with y’all once again, along with a reminder that this is still many hours out, and it’s way too soon to make any sort of solid forecast with regard to Christmas. We decided to go ahead and share this information so that you can follow along with us as we continue to monitor this system’s development and potential to bring wintry weather back to parts of the state. As always, with a system like this looming on the horizon, it’s a good idea to plan ahead and remain flexible with your travel plans during Christmas. The odds of something like our recent ice storm happening again any time soon is pretty rare, but it’s best to get prepared ahead of time if you know you’ll be traveling, so you’re less likely to be severely impacted by any travel disruptions. Conley will have additional updates out over the next several evenings, so stay tuned!