Monday, February 25, 2013
Small chance of snow in DFW on Monday night
Winds are very strong, meaning some flights may be delayed or canceled at local airports.
DALLAS It’s a little breezy out there right now, with sustained winds out of the southwest around 20 miles per hour at Dallas/Fort Worth International and some gusts close to 30. It’s also much warmer than originally expected: DFW’s showing 62 degrees, while Dallas Love Field’s recording 60 at this hour. In other words: It’s nothing at all like the Panhandle.
Nevertheless: The wind advisory’s been extended till 4 a.m. Tuesday, and there’s now a 20 percent chance of snow in Dallas-Fort Worth by nightfall, according to the National Weather Service.
See photos of snow in the Panhandle.
Jamie Gudmestad, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Fort Worth office, says those 30-40 mile per hour winds won’t hit North Texas till around 5 or 6 p.m. And they’ll stick around or a while.
As a result, DFW Airport warns there’s a good chance some flights may be delayed or canceled.
“Airlines at DFW are reporting about 100 departure cancellations today due to the wind conditions locally and also due to severe winter weather conditions in other parts of the nation,” says a note from airport spokesman David Magana.
He says the National Weather Service has issued what’s called an Airport Weather Warning for DFW due to wind gusts in excess of 40 miles per hour. Says Magana, “Crosswinds such as these could require the FAA to limit air traffic at DFW to two diagonal runways, rather than the Airport’s full complement of seven runways.” Which could create quite the mess.
So too could possible power outages like those being experience further south of Dallas, around Austin and San Antonio. Which is why Oncor has crews on standby.
“We are monitoring the situation pretty closely,” says spokesperson Anna Kurian. “We’re not experiencing outages due to wind but are monitoring the situation, and will work to get the power on quickly and safely” if it goes out.
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