The short-term weather forecast is still pretty dire but better days will arrive by the weekend



A heavy round of freezing rain and sleet fell overnight and continues to fall over eastern portions of the area this morning, producing very dangerous travel conditions.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for a good portion of the area through Thursday morning. Some ice accumulations of 1/4 to 1/2 inch have occurred over areas north of Interstate 10. Near and south of I-10, most additional icing has been around 1/10 inch or less, but still capable for creating a travel nightmare.

A second round of wintry mix arrives during tonight into Thursday. This second round could lead to new snow accumulation, especially across the Rio Grande Plains and the Southern Edwards Plateau where 3 to 4 inches is possible. Travel will remain very hazardous and highly discouraged.

In addition to the rotating power outages ongoing across Texas, power outages from downed power lines due to ice build up could be possible. Partial melting of ice that fell this morning could result in the falling of large chunks of ice capable of producing serious damages or injury.

Forecast:

Today — A chance of freezing rain, mainly before 9 am. Cloudy, with a high near 32. North wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Tonight — A slight chance of snow, freezing rain, and sleet after 3am. Cloudy, with a low around 24. North wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Thursday — A slight chance of snow and sleet before 9am, then a slight chance of snow between 9am and noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32. North wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Thursday Night — Mostly clear, with a low around 16. North northwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Friday — Sunny, with a high near 39. North northwest wind around 5 mph becoming south southeast in the afternoon.

Friday Night — Mostly clear, with a low around 22. South wind around 5 mph.

Saturday — Sunny, with a high near 52. South wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Saturday Night — Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. South wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Sunday — Partly sunny, with a high near 59. South wind 5 to 15 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.

Sunday Night — Partly cloudy, with a low around 37.



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