Weatherford Democrat

December 4, 2013

Arctic blast!

Icy, frigid Friday on tap for North, West Texas


Weatherford Democrat

— The National Weather Service in Fort Worth has issued a winter storm warning for freezing rain and sleet across North and West Texas, including Parker County, for the period 6 p.m. Thursday through 6 p.m. Friday.

Rain is expected to transition to freezing rain Thursday evening and continue through Friday while mixing with sleet.

Ice and sleet accumulations will create hazardous travel conditions on area roads, especially on bridges and overpasses. Significant travel impacts are possible during this event where ice accumulations could make road surfaces impassable at times through Friday afternoon.

Accumulations of ice could also bring down trees, tree limbs and power lines, causing power outages.

One-quarter to one-half inch of ice accumulation is possible during this event. The highest accumulations will tend to be on elevated surfaces such as bridges, overpasses, trees and power lines. Up to one-half inch of sleet accumulation is possible.

There is a 90 percent chance is freezing rain Thursday night with a 50 percent chance of freezing rain turning to a wintry mix during the day Friday. The low Friday morning is expected to be in the mid to upper teens with the high Friday in the mid 20s.