Cold Temperatures, Freezing Rain, Dallas-Fort Worth Snow Forecast

After weeks of above-average temperatures, North Texas is expected to see a harsh glimpse of strong winter weather starting Wednesday, with temperatures expected to drop into the teens and a high chance of snow and sleet in the Texas region. Fort Worth.

Although Tuesday’s high was around 70 degrees, after Wednesday night the temperature is not expected to exceed 30 degrees through Saturday with wind chills as low as minus 5 degrees according to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

Wednesday night through Thursday is expected to be the coldest days of the week and season, so far, as Tarrant County and much of North Texas are placed under a winter storm warning from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 6 p.m. Thursday. The National Weather Service updated the watch warning around 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The warning begins at 3 p.m. Wednesday for some western counties in the region, including Wise, Parker, Eastland, Jack, Stephens, Palo Pinto, Cooke and Young counties.

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Big changes are on the way Wednesday as a strong winter system brings arctic air to the state. National Weather Service

“Big changes are on the way Wednesday as a powerful winter system brings arctic air to the state. The rain will change mostly to freezing rain and ice pellets late Wednesday and early Thursday,” the National Weather Service said. “Travel conditions are likely to deteriorate late Wednesday with possible impacts through Friday. Temperatures are not expected to rise above freezing in most areas Thursday. Partial melting is expected Friday afternoon, with better melt likely Saturday. Prepare for potential impacts and continue to monitor your local forecast.

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Responding to fears of a repeat of last year’s Texas freeze, the weather service said this storm will be different and more dangerous in terms of travel, but “times won’t be as cold and [will] exceed the freezing point much earlier.

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Responding to fears of a repeat of last year’s Texas freeze, the weather service said this storm will be different and more dangerous in terms of travel, but “times won’t be as cold and [will] exceed the freezing point much earlier. National Weather Service

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Wednesday evening through Thursday are expected to be the coldest days of the week and season, so far, as they are placed under winter storm watch from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 6 p.m. Thursday. National Weather Service National Weather Service

“Dangerous travel is likely and travel is discouraged. Expect icy bridges and roads. High winds can also knock down tree branches and cause power outages,” the weather service said. “Take action now to prepare before the impacts arrive.”

Rain and isolated thunderstorms will hit Wednesday evening before changing to freezing rain and ice pellets Wednesday evening through Thursday morning. Later Thursday morning the precipitation is expected to change to snow which may continue throughout the day.

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Wednesday evening through Thursday are expected to be the coldest days of the week and season, so far, as they are placed under winter storm watch from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 6 p.m. Thursday. National Weather Service National Weather Service

On Friday morning, residents could feel a wind chill that will cause temperatures to drop to feel like 10 degrees below zero to 10 degrees.

The Dallas-Fort Worth area is expected to experience ice-covered roads and power outages due to heavy mixed precipitation. In North Texas, residents can see up to 3 inches of snow accumulation with a third of an inch of ice accumulation. Winds can blow up to 35 mph.

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“Prepare your home by wrapping up your outdoor plumbing, getting rock salt, and shovels for driveways and sidewalks. Stock up on non-perishable foods and/or foods that can be cooked without electricity,” the weather service said. “Get bottled water or fill a tub with clean water and a first aid kit. Drain your faucets during the freeze. Prepare for a power outage with firewood, batteries, flashlights, etc. Do not use candles as the main light source. Prepare your vehicle with a full tank of gas, extra charger, ice scrapers, and blankets in case you get stuck.

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A sign warns drivers of the possibility of work crews preparing I-35W near the Seminary Drive exit for winter weather conditions Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022. North Texas will be under a winter storm watch from Wednesday to 6 p.m. to Thursday at 6 p.m. Amanda McCoy [email protected]

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This story was originally published February 1, 2022 7:05 a.m.

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Jessika Harkay is a breaking news reporter for the Star-Telegram. Jessika is a Baylor grad who joined the Fort Worth team in 2021 after working as a breaking news reporter at the Hartford Courant and interning at the New York Daily News.

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