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Hazardous Weather Outlook

North and Central Texas


Texas. Significant icing due to freezing rain will be possible, with total ice accumulations of 1/10 to 1/4 of an inch. It will be mainly for elevated surfaces and bridges. Hazardous travel will be likely, with icy bridges and some slippery roadways. Tuesday will have the most significant impacts to travel. If you do not have to travel on Tuesday, avoid driving on area roads if possible.


Periods of freezing rain will be possible for most of the region Monday night into Tuesday, causing minor to moderate travel impacts. Tuesday will have the most significant effects to travel, with icy bridges and slick roadways possible. Avoid travel if you can. If you must get out on the roads, watch for ice/black ice, slow down when driving, and give yourself ample travel time. Continue to check the forecast and keep updated with road conditions.


Freezing rain and some sleet will be possible on Monday afternoon, with cold rain further east and south. Impacts on the afternoon and evening commute will be potential, as bridges and overpasses may become slick. Make sure to keep updated with the forecast for your area!


Travel impacts and slick spots on roads will continue into Wednesday morning. The freezing rain will begin to end from southeast to northwest over the afternoon hours on Tuesday. Conditions will improve over the day on Wednesday as temperatures begin to warm slightly and precipitation transitions to complete rain. Make sure to keep updated with the forecast!


Due to the expected wintry precipitation, Monday, Jan 30, Lamar County’s SKYWARN class has moved to a Virtual format. To sign up, go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/4883942018944425311 Class starts at 6:00 pm and is free and open to anyone who would like to attend. If you can’t make this class, feel free to join any other classes we will offer this SKYWARN season. You can find the full schedule and additional details by visiting weather.gov/fwd/skywarnmap!

Winter Storm Watch
In effect from Monday afternoon through Wednesday morning

WHAT – Significant icing possible due to freezing rain. Total ice accumulations of one-tenth to one-quarter of an inch, mainly on elevated surfaces and bridges. Some sleet will be possible, particularly in North Texas.

WHERE – Portions of North-Central, Northeast, and South-Central
Texas.

WHEN – From Monday afternoon through Wednesday morning.

IMPACTS – Difficult travel conditions are possible, especially Monday night through Tuesday. Plan on icy bridges and some slippery roads.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS – Tuesday will have the most significant impacts to travel. If you don’t have to travel on Tuesday, plan to stay off area roads.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant impacts to travel due to snow, sleet, or ice accumulations. Monitor the latest forecasts for updates on this situation.

South Central and Southwest Arkansas, North Central and Northwest Louisiana, Southeast Oklahoma, and East and Northeast Texas


Colder, arctic air will arrive tonight across the entire Four State Region. Unfortunately, the cold air will be here to stay through much of the upcoming work week.

Tonight

Areas of rain with a few embedded thunderstorms will continue to develop this and spread East-Northeast across much of East Texas, North Louisiana, and Southern Arkansas, with the passage of an upper-level disturbance and cold front. While the threat of locally intense storms is low, brief heavy rainfall will be possible, which may result in minor flooding of low-lying, poor drainage areas. This rain will diminish from west to East this evening, thus ending the potential flood threat.

Monday through Saturday

Areas of rain will increase Monday afternoon and night and continue through late Thursday, ahead of a slow-moving upper-level storm system that will shift east from Northern Mexico/the Desert Southwest into the Southern Plains and Lower Mississippi Valley. Widespread rainfall amounts of two to four inches are expected, with isolated higher measurements, which will result in the potential for flooding of low
lying, poor drainage areas, as well as additional rises in the area waterways. In addition, the potential for light freezing rain will
exist Monday night and Tuesday morning and again Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, over portions of extreme Northeast Texas, Southeast Oklahoma, and Southwest Arkansas. At this time, expect no significant ice accumulations, although icing of elevated objects, such
as bridges and overpasses, trees, and power lines are possible.