Freezing rain, sleet possible in Central & North Texas



Posted on December 5, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 12:12 PM

DALLAS -- Freezing rain and sleet are possible in Central and North Texas as an arctic front brings cold rain to the area.

All of North Texas will be under a Winter Storm Warning starting at 6 p.m. Thursday and extending until 6 p.m. Friday. The system will bring the coldest temperatures of the year along with the potential for practically all of North Texas to be covered in ice.

The Dallas area is in for a frosty weekend.

"We do not make it above freezing until Monday afternoon," WFAA-TV Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus said.

A cold, light rain is expected Thursday afternoon, with freezing rain just to the northwest. By Thursday evening, as the freezing line moves southeast, the precipitation changes to freezing rain across Tarrant and Dallas counties.

"Temperatures will definitely be cold enough for freezing rain and sleet to fall," Delkus said.

Accumulation of up to a half-inch is forecast.

Friday morning will see freezing rain and sleet across the DFW area, with the potential for dangerous ice accumulation making travel hazardous, threatening power and utility lines, and increasing the danger of falling tree branches.

The National Weather Service warns of the possibility of power outages that could last for more than a day in some areas.

Those driving to the Dallas area are urged to pack an extra blanket, a flashlight, and food and water in their car.

Sleet is also possible in areas north of Austin. There will be a 30 percent chance of rain Thursday. Temperatures will drop throughout the day from the 50s in the morning to the 30s and 40s by the afternoon.

Showers overnight Thursday into Friday with near freezing temperatures may create sleet and freezing rain. This means some Central Texas bridges and overpasses may have ice on them.

A Winter Weather Advisory will be in place for the Austin area until noon on Friday.