A cold front has moved into North Texas. National Weather Service - weather.gov - said early Thursday morning that the worst of the weather would hit later in the afternoon and into Thursday night. Sleet is expected in some areas, with a 20 percent chance of wintery precipitation Thursday night.
At noon Thursday, temperatures held just above freezing - 34 degrees - in Somervell County. But winds of more than 20 miles per hour brought the windchill down to a cold 23 degrees. A nighttime low well below the freezing point - 12 degrees - is expected.
Friday afternoon temperatures are expected to hit a high in the lower 40s, and temperatures are expected to plummet below freezing again Friday night.
The weekend forecast shows a typically Texas upturn in temperatures, with a high in the mid-60s Saturday and a forecasted high of 70 degrees Sunday. Nighttime lows are expected to be just above freezing, at 35 degrees.
The hazardous weather outlook released early Thursday morning for the region is as follows:
A light rain and sleet mix will begin late this afternoon south of a Comanche… Waco… Centerville line. Precipitation will transition into a wintry mix of light snow and sleet tonight south of a Comanche… to Gatesville… to Marlin… to Franklin line with most locations seeing an inch or less of accumulation.
Localized higher amounts will be possible with any heavier bursts of sleet and snow. light sleet or snow accumulations will likely result in slick spots on area roads and highways later tonight, especially bridges and overpasses.
Friday through Wednesday:
A wintry mix of light snow and sleet will continue through the morning hours Friday south of a Comanche… to Gatesville… to Marlin… to Franklin line. Additional accumulations up to an inch will be possible. Slick spots on areas roads and highways can be expected through midday at which time temperatures should rise above freezing.