By JESSIE HORTON
The question on everyone’s mind tonight – Will there be ice? Snow?
A light band of snow is passing through the area, according to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth, and could cause trouble through the night and into the morning.
Due to these conditions, “the snow could produce slick spots on bridges and elevated surfaces over the evening.” County officials ask that all residents use caution when getting out in the weather, especially when driving.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) officials released a statement earlier this weekend, saying they are fully prepared to get to work on the roadways and bridges if the storm turns icy overnight. They have salt and sand trucks, as well as plows and more ready to go. They would first hit bridges and overpasses, then get to work on high traffic areas.
According to NWS, the band of light snow is moving quickly east across the western counties of North Texas Sunday night. This snow should continue east across local counties including Bosque, Comanche, Erath, Hamilton, Hood and Somervell.
When the band hits the DFW metroplex, NWS expects it to weaken and continue moving east later in the night. Snowfall totals will be between a quarter and half an inch and will taper off by midnight. However, TXDOT expects the patchy, slick areas left by the weather may linger throughout the night and into the morning hours due to temperatures remaining below freezing.
As of 7:30 p.m., no major accumulation was accounted for, but the north to northwest winds (18-35mph) had temperatures feeling more like 18℉ than the 30℉ it was, with a 50 percent chance of snow overnight.
The high Monday is expected to be near 45℉ with a low of 27℉ Monday night. According to NWS, temperatures will rise during the rest of the week and not drop below freezing again. But the high will not hit 70℉ until next Sunday.
Remember to bring all plants and pets inside and to wrap exposed pipes and faucets to prevent freezing. When leaving your home or other locations, watch for ice on sidewalks or steps where moisture could accumulate.
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