Winter storm coming to North Texas this morning

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by PETE DELKUS

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Posted on January 31, 2011 at 6:25 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 1 at 2:20 AM

DALLAS — The lowest North Texas temperatures in 15 years will follow a winter weather extravaganza Tuesday morning with a little bit of everything — just in time for Super Bowl week. 

Temperatures will plummet overnight as a storm system moves into the region in time for the Tuesday morning rush hour.

"We're looking at ice in the morning; we're looking at sleet, and we're also looking at snow," said WFAA Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus. "We're going to have a big mess."

Several large school districts announced they would be closed on Tuesday, including the Denton, Keller, Northwest and Midlothian ISDs.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the Dallas-Fort Worth area starting at midnight Monday.

"The timing couldn't be worse," Delkus said. "By 3 o'clock in the morning, an arctic front will be approaching."

Delkus said rain will be ahead of the front as it moves toward D-FW from the west bringing sleet and freezing rain.

"At six o'clock in the morning, that ice, the sleet, the freezing rain — it does start to slide off to the east into the immediate Dallas-Fort Worth area, so that's when it will all begin — pre-dawn tomorrow," Delkus said.

By 9 a.m. Tuesday, the sleet and freezing rain will be hovering over Fort Worth and Dallas; to the northwest the precipitation will be all snow, where near blizzard conditions will exist.

"By noon, we're looking at all snow showers and snow flurries across the area, with accumulation,"  Delkus said, "with the heaviest of the accumulation northwest of Fort Worth."

Delkus predicted that the metropolitan area would receive between 1 and 3 inches of accumulation, with higher amounts toward the northwest. Wichita Falls could see between 6 and 8 inches of snow; Gainesville, Bridgeport and Muenster were in store for 3 to 6 inches.

The arctic front will send temperatures below freezing. Tuesday's high is expected to be 32 degrees, but the wind will make it feel as cold as 10 below zero. The overnight low will dip to 10 degrees.

On Wednesday, the high will reach only 20, with Thursday morning's low dropping to a bone-chilling 9.

Because of the Super Bowl, the Texas Department of Transportation has additional crews in North Texas to clear snow and ice from highways. TxDOT currently has 310 vehicles on standby, and 43 more are on the way.

Crews will start hitting the streets at midnight and will work in 12-hour shifts.

WFAA.com will have the latest on the weather forecast and any school closings starting bright and early Tuesday morning.

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