Meteorologists eyeing potential for rain-snow mix in Dallas-Fort Worth this week
North Texas could end in a snowy surprise in 2020.
Although the forecast is still very uncertain, meteorologists see the potential for a rain-snow mixture from Wednesday evening to Thursday.
A cold front is expected to move through north Texas on Tuesday, with the potential for widespread rain, according to Juan Hernandez, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
Showers and storms could produce about an inch of rain in Dallas-Fort Worth late Tuesday through Wednesday, according to Hernandez. While widespread severe weather isn’t expected, some storms could generate gusty winds, he added.
Then the prediction becomes difficult.
Our next storm system will arrive Tue / Wed, bringing widespread rain and some storms. We are also monitoring the potential for snow on the trailing edge of this system on Wednesday / Thursday. There are still a lot of details to iron out so stay tuned for the next few days! #dfwwx #ctxwx pic.twitter.com/sI96Oc9E3M
– NWS Fort Worth (@NWSFortWorth) December 27, 2020
With temperatures expected to drop into the low 30s by Wednesday and Thursday, North Texas could produce a mix of rain and snow if there is enough moisture in the air, according to Hernandez.
“These [cold air] Readings will drop to near freezing overnight through Thursday morning, which can result in rain initially mixing with sleet while a warm layer lingers and eventually mixing with snow or even briefly switching to snow, “said Hernandez in a forecast update.
KXAS-TV (NBC5) weather anchor Keisha Burns is also looking for the potential for wintry weather Wednesday through Thursday.
“Any remaining moisture – so much cooler air pouring in – could turn into sleet or even an opportunity for snow,” she said. “That potential will be there late Wednesday through Thursday.
Although the forecast contains uncertainties – such as whether some of this rain-snow mix will build up – cold weather later this week is a certainty. After Wednesday, according to the weather service, no highs are expected in the 50s, with lows in the 30s until the weekend.
“In any case, cold weather will greet the region as we greet 2021 with overnight lows at or below freezing for most of the region Wednesday through Saturday,” said Hernandez.
KXAS-TV (NBC5) has the following in its forecast:
Tuesday: 64/50; light rain showers
Wednesday: 57/52; Rain and thunderstorms