After a chilly but nice long weekend, things will begin to shake up weather wise the next 24-36 hours across the south. Tonight will be quite cold, with temperatures in the upper 20s for many. Clouds will quickly increase by sunrise. Tomorrow’s forecast is highly dependent on cloud cover and movement of warm air advection/warm sector. Areas north of I/20 and east of I/35 will likely stay in the low 40s for high temperatures, and our southwestern zones (i.e. Stephenville, Comanche etc) will likely reach the 50s. Some light drizzle or virga isn’t ruled out.
Widespread precipitation will develop out in West Texas tomorrow afternoon and slowly march eastward into North Texas during the overnight hours. This is where everything becomes more interesting EAST or I/35 and north of I/20. As dynamic cooling takes place overnight, temperatures will fall into the low to mid 30s for some. Cold upper levels will follow the first wave of energy, and this is where wet bulbing can take place and allow for those colder temperatures. IF EVERYTHING ALIGNS RIGHT, rain may mix with or change over to sleet or snow at times late tomorrow night into Wednesday morning before changing over to rain by 8am. The track and speed of this system will be important as well. All of these factors will be watched closely. Right now, accumulations look to be light and favored northeast of DFW towards McKinney into northeast TX. Road impacts look to be minimal to none with marginal surface temperatures. So to answer the burning question NO, school and work will NOT be affected. However, do exercise caution on roadways just in case as well as rain can make for slippery roads. Rain will continue into much of the day Wednesday with temperatures only reaching the upper 30s and lower 40s across North Texas. A few flakes may continue to mix across far northeast Texas into the early afternoon.
Temperatures will rise overnight Wednesday night into the mid 40s and rain will continue. Thursday will be cool and rainy with a few storms especially in the morning. Best rain chances shift into east Texas by afternoon. Highs will be in the 50s.
A very nice weekend will follow, however a few sleet pellets are possible early Friday in our far northern zones especially towards the Arklatex with any left over moisture. DFW will be dry but cool on Friday with highs in the 50s, and the story remains the same over the weekend.
Next week looks dry and mild with highs in the 60s, however an approaching storm system will increase rain chances by mid to late week and temperatures will likely become colder. It remains to be seen whether or not any wintry precipitation will be a threat, but it appears unlikely at this time.