Winter weather blog: Snow, sleet turns to rain in North Texas



Posted on February 12, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 13 at 8:22 AM

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Denton, Collin, Parker, Fanin and Lamar counties from 6 p.m. Sunday to 9 a.m. Monday.

Dallas and Tarrant counties are not included in the advisory area.

6:54aMeals on Wheels in Tarrant County will not deliver meals today becasue of the lack of powerl. Polcie are saying copper thieves have struck and resulted inthe loss of power.

6:40a Dallas police officer was been involved in an accident. The driver of a pick-up truck hit the officer from behind. The officer has been sent to the hospital with non life threatning injuries. The driver is in police custody.The entire area blocked off.

6:36aAll flights in and out of DFW and Lovefield are on time. Ariport offiicals say airlines are planning on flying a full schedule. Runways were cleared early this morning.

6:05a Highway 360 northbound, an accident may be an issue for drivers heading from Grand Prairie towards Arlington.  It appears to be on the service road.

5:08a We have four rural North Texas school districts that have delayed opening until 10 a.m. Monday due to the overnight weather conditions: Bowie, Graham, Ranger and Saint Jo ISDs. - WFAA

5:07a The Texas Department of Transportation has crews on standby as workers continue to monitor road conditions. - WFAA

5:05a Streets are wet, but workers have found no signs of ice in Fort Worth. - Bill Begley, City of Fort Worth

5:04a Roadways are a little bit wet, and there are a few chunks of ice on the roadway in Decatur. But aside from some accumulation on grassy areas and parked cars, drivers here have few concerns. - Photojournalist Bryan Titsworth in Decatur

5a Precipitation is starting to taper off in Dallas-Fort Worth. Temperatures are above freezing in the metropolitan area, but a winter weather advisory remains in effect through 9 a.m. in Collin and Denton Counties. - Meteorologist Greg Fields


10:47p Bowie ISD will open at 10 a.m. Monday, buses delayed two hours. - WFAA

10:33p Be extra careful if you plan on driving west of a line from Fort Worth to Denton overnight, where temperatures have dropped to the freezing mark. - Meteorologist Steve McCauley

10:06p The Ranger ISD will be opening two hours late at 10 a.m. Monday due to weather conditions. So far, it's the only delay we've been made aware of. - WFAA

10:05p There is some snow sticking to grassy areas in Fort Worth's medical district. The city will dispatch emergency crews to the area around 3 a.m. Monday to determine if whether any sanding and salting will be necessary. - Monika Diaz in Fort Worth

10:03p The snow isn't sticking to the pavement in Stephenville, but it is sticking to just about everything else, including grassy areas and park benches. - Jonathan Betz in Stephenville

10:01p The snow and sleet should change over to all rain by 6 a.m. in Dallas and Fort Worth. We expect less an an inch of additional snowfall to the north and immediate west of Dallas and Tarrant counties. - Meteorologist Steve McCauley

10p This is the first snowfall of the winter in Dallas-Fort Worth. DopplerNet radar shows light snow mixed with some sleet falling over Denton and Collin counties, but Round Two is on the way, with another band of freezing precipitation on the way to North Texas from the southwest. - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus

9:36p Midland International Airport reports that all remaining arrivals for Sunday evening have been canceled. The latest weather indicates freezing rain with a temperature of 30 degrees. - WFAA

9:33p Official National Weather Service reports over the past 30 minutes have light snow falling at D/FW Airport, Dallas Love Field, Fort Worth Meacham Airport, Dallas Executive Airport, Fort Worth Alliance Airport, Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, and in Arlington. Flurries were reported in Addision and Lancaster.  Temperatures range from 32 in several spots all the way up to 41 in Mesquite. - WFAA

8:59p More snow reports from our Facebook page: Waxahachie, Shady Shores, Commerce, Hurst, Arlington, Highland Village, Saginaw, and Allen. It's sleeting in Carrollton and Frisco. - WFAA

8:26p Dallas Area Rapid Transit is monitoring weather conditions through the night. If conditions deteriorate, trains will run at least every 30 minutes to keep ice from forming on the power lines. Extra buses will be on standby in case trains can't operate on Monday morning. - WFAA

8:17p Now getting reports of snow falling in Plano, Little Elm, Keller  and Cleburne; sleeting in Lewisville and Waxahachie. - WFAA Facebook page

8p Our Facebook correspondents are reporting sleet in Springtown, and snow in Mesquite, Lewisville, and "big flakes" in west Fort Worth. "So Pretty!" wrote Angela Wandersee. - WFAA

7:53p Snow flurries are falling at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, but nothing is sticking (yet) and there is no need to de-ice any aircraft (yet). - WFAA

7:51p Just checked the WFAA Weather Closings page; nothing to report yet! - WFAA

7:48p The Arlington Independent School District says it is monitoring the changing weather, and will use its Web site to announce any delays or closings as Monday morning approaches. - WFAA

Earlier updates follow:

"It begins as rain, and then temperatures quickly drop down into the 30s, and you start to see big old snowflakes coming on down," said WFAA meteorologist Steve McCauley. "I think we're going to see that mixture even here in Dallas and Fort Worth."

The weather service said accumulations are most likely to occur between 11 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. Monday, but precipitation could linger through 9 a.m.

McCauley said the precipitaition will begin as rain in most of the area, followed by a wintry mix of sleet and snow.

"As we go toward the morning commute, it all changes to rain," McCauley added.

The Texas Department of Transportation said it was monitoring the roads and highways on Sunday evening. There are three drivers each in Denton and Collin counties to monitor road surfaces.

North Texas has another weapon in keeping us safe in winter weather — 22 new snow plows.

TxDOT stocked up, buying them and hiring trained drivers after ice and snow made a mess of the roads during Super Bowl week last year. That equipment has been idle since they arrived due to our mild winter, but the plows are available at a moment's notice.

There is also extra sand, salt and road chemicals on hand if needed.

The City of Dallas says its weather plan includes 22 trucks loaded with sanders, ready to deploy city-wide. It will load additional trucks overnight if the weather gets worse.

There is an airport weather warning for Sunday night through Monday morning. The concern is over freezing precipitation that could build up on grass or elevated services. De-icing crews will be available as needed for aircraft.

The storm system should clear North Texas by noon Monday with a high temperature of 51 in the forecast.