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Snow Will Persist in the Northeast and Great Lake States

Heavy Lake Effect snow will continue to the lee of the Great Lakes for the next couple of days. Snow will also return to the Northeast by Tuesday as another front moves in. Bitter cold wind chills can be expected in the Upper Mississippi Valley. Freezing temperatures will even impact central Florida. Meanwhile, elevated fire weather conditions will persist in southern California. Read More >

Elevated fire weather conditions are expected across most of North Texas today. Avoid outdoor burning and welding and don't toss lit cigarette butts outside. Warm and very dry conditions will prevail with west winds around 15 mph. High temperatures will be in the upper 70s for most locations. DFW and Waco may come close to reaching record high temperatures which are currently 80 degrees at DFW and 82 degrees at Waco.
Expect cooler and breezier conditions on Tuesday in the wake of a cold front. Temperatures will be near seasonal normals. The north wind of 10 to 15 MPH will make it feel even colder. Tuesday night should be a mostly clear and calm night. This will result in cold conditions across the area with low temperatures in the 20s and 30s.
Rain-free conditions will prevail during the mid-week to early part of the weekend with above normal daytime high temperatures. There will be a few brief periods in which the fire weather threat may become "elevated". Please see the infographic regarding fire weather safety tips to see how YOU can help prevent wildfires.
Here is the latest drought monitor for North and Central TX.
Did you know that the shortest day of the year is just a few days away? On that day, we (North & Central TX) will have approximately 10 hours of daylight. This is around 4 hours less daylight than on June Solstice. The Winter Solstice (when we start the astronomical winter) will be on Thursday December 21st, 2017.

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Snow covered barn in Wise County.

Heavy Snow Event 

March 6, 2008



On 6 March 2008, a convective precipitation band formed across North Texas and quickly transitioned from rain to snow in a 60 km wide zone extending from west of the Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex northeast into extreme North Texas near the Red River. The snow persisted for over three hours with accumulations averaging 7 cm and isolated reports up to 30 cm near the heaviest convective precipitation. Frontogenesis and the resulting ageostrophic circulation appeared to play key roles in not only providing significant forcing for ascent but also in modifying the vertical temperature profile to be supportive of a liquid-to-frozen precipitation transition.  The presence of atmospheric instability led to isolated thunderstorm development, with occasional cloud-to-ground and in-cloud lightning observed in the band of heavy snow. This study reviews the complex interactions between moisture, instability, and forcing for ascent that occurred during this convective winter weather event.

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NWS Ft. Worth Research Webpage

Satellite Image Taken the Morning After the Heavy Snow