A frigid night lies ahead as arctic air settles into North Texas

A frigid night lies ahead as arctic air settles into North Texas

North Texas – The First Alert Weather team has issued weather alerts for today, Monday and Tuesday, due to dangerous cold and winter rain heading our way.

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A winter weather warning goes into effect at noon and lasts until noon Monday as the disturbance brings freezing rain and sleet to parts of North Texas. Precipitation is expected to be light, with ice accumulations of up to 0.1 inch and sleet accumulations of up to 0.25 inches. Be prepared for soft spots on roads and icy conditions on bridges and overpasses.

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The disturbance has already pushed cloud cover into the region and produced snow in Oklahoma. Freezing drizzle is likely to fall starting in the early afternoon, turning into scattered areas of freezing rain during the night hours.

Freezing rain will mix with sleet early Monday morning, indicated by pink areas with snow along the Red River. Rainfall will peak early Monday morning before shifting from west to east in the early afternoon hours. Although accumulations will be light, please stay off the roads if possible, as slick spots and icy conditions will develop.

Today’s cloud cover mixed with Arctic air at the surface will keep temperatures from rising much, reaching around 20 degrees. Fresh northerly winds will keep wind chills in the single digits for most of the day.

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A wind chill advisory is in effect until noon Tuesday due to wind chills reaching -10 in the morning hours. Please limit your time outdoors and cover any exposed skin if you go out.

Monday morning starts with temperatures in the teens and wind chills near zero. We’re feeling a little warmer today with highs in the mid 20s and partly sunny skies in the afternoon. Keep in mind that the northerly breeze will keep the wind chills at ten! If sunlight melts the ice Monday afternoon, it will freeze again overnight.

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Another cold morning on Wednesday with temperatures in the teens but we finally reached the 40s in the afternoon. Thursday looks great and will be the warmest day of the week as temperatures rise into the mid 50s. The warm-up will be brief with another cold front Thursday night making for a chilly weekend.

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