Tuesday, January 15, 2013 , Updated 10:06 a.m., January 15, 2013
UPDATED: Thundersleet becomes thundersnow in North Texas
We could get more rain Wednesday afternoon and into the evening.
First came the thundersleet; then, a little hail; now, the snow and sleet and all the issues that come with a winter weather advisory, which most of North Texas is under until noon.
Roads were slick, bridges into downtown Dallas were wet, and temperatures remain chilly. Mid-morning, the snow turned to freezing rain, resulting in more than 100 reported accidents.
Flights are being impacted: American Airlines and American Eagle canceled 170 flights, and delays are expected at Dallas/Fort Worth International while planes are de-iced. Dallas Love Field suspended operations Tuesday morning, Southwest spokeswoman Whitney Eichinger told the AP.
[UPDATE: Southwest flights at Love Field are back in operation.]
Weatherford and Azle ISDs and other districts in outlying areas delayed opening until 10 a.m. “due to inclement weather.” Drivers are being cautioned to take it slow as the frozen precip starts to accumulate.
“Considering the way Metroplex people drive, any stuff on the highway will cause problems,” says Joe Harris, a meterologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. But for now, he says, the “worst stuff” is just north of Hillsboro to Waxahachie to Terrell, “and that’ll affect Interstates 45, 20, and 30 going east and southeast. Also, I-35 south is gonna have problems. What I’m seeing in Plano and McKinney is snow grains and snow, which is collecting on everything up there.”
Monday, forecasters weren’t predicting this much frozen, wet stuff, but an upper-level trough over Central Mexico, headed this way, is kicking up more moisture than originally predicted.
And we could get more rain Wednesday afternoon and into the evening — “before we turn cold again,” says Harris. Most of tomorrow’s wet stuff should remain to the south and east of Dallas-Fort Worth.
And fret not: Harris still expects temperatures to get into the low to mid-40s by Tuesday afternoon under high clouds.
And, kids, sorry. But there’s still school.