All of North Texas will be under a Winter Storm Warning starting at 6 p.m. Thursday and extending until 6 p.m. Friday. The system will bring the coldest temperatures of the year along with the potential for practically all of North Texas to be covered in ice.
The first dose of cold air is moved into the region late Wednesday, and temperatures were expected to drop into the 30s by daybreak Thursday. The mercury will hold steady or slowly fall throughout the day, and we'll be right around the freezing mark around 6 p.m.
We're in for a frosty weekend. "We do not make it above freezing until Monday afternoon," WFAA Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus said.
After a possible sprinkle overnight, a cold, light rain will begin to fall in the Dallas-Fort Worth area on Thursday afternoon, with freezing rain just to the northwest.
By Thursday evening, as the freezing line moves southeast, the precipitation changes to freezing rain across Tarrant and Dallas counties.
"Temperatures will definitely be cold enough for freezing rain and sleet to fall," Delkus said.
Accumulation of up to a half-inch is forecast.
Friday morning will see freezing rain and sleet across the WFAA viewing area, with the potential for dangerous ice accumulation making travel hazardous, threatening power and utility lines, and increasing the danger of falling tree branches.
The National Weather Service warns of the possibility of power outages that could last for more than a day in some areas.
If you must drive, be sure to pack an extra blanket, and have flashlight, food and water in the car in case you become stranded.
"We will not have any sunshine for the next five days," Delkus added.
Even a little bit of ice could cause many headaches for weekend events, including the 26th annual Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade on Saturday, the Dallas Marathon on Sunday, and a schedule of high school football playoff games.
Some events have already been postponed or moved.