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Dangerous Winter Storm over the Northern Plains, Heavy Lake Effect Snow Likely for Western New York

Blizzard conditions are expected to persist over portions of the northern Plains through midday Wednesday. Strong winds and very cold temperatures will also yield sub-zero wind chill readings and blowing snow. Further east, Lake Effect Snow Warnings are in effect for portions of western New York. Snowfall amounts of 2 to 3 feet are possible late week into the weekend. Read More >

The first chance for winter precipitation of the season will arrive across the southwest portions of the region overnight Wednesday through Thursday morning. Initially cold light rain may transition into light freezing rain as surface temperatures fall below freezing during the predawn hours. The light freezing rain may mix with sleet after sunrise Thursday. Only very light accumulations of freezing rain and sleet are expected, mainly on elevated surfaces. However, some travel impacts are still possible. All precipitation will end Thursday afternoon.
An arctic front will slice through the region Wednesday evening. This will send temperatures tumbling in the 20s and 30s by Thursday morning, but the coldest air will descend into North and Central Texas Thursday night into Friday morning. Temperatures in the teens and 20s are expected. Wind chills--or what it feels like to exposed skin--will be in the teens and 20s both nights.
With the expected arctic air intrusion Wednesday night through Friday, remember to keep the 4 P's in mind for protection against the frigid temperatures expected. Protect pipes, faucets, and sensitive plants, as well as preparing outdoor pets and people without ample heating for the impending chilly weather ahead. Also, shut off sprinklers as they can cause icy patches on roads and sidewalks resulting in injuries! Check your heater to ensure its functioning properly before the cold weather arrives.
Temperatures will start to moderate during the day Friday and this trend will continue through Sunday. There will be a slight chance of rain showers east of a Bowie to Lampasas line Saturday night and east of a Sherman to Temple line Sunday. A cold front will move into the Bowie to Graham areas by sunset Sunday and through the rest of North and Central Texas Sunday night. The air behind this front will not be nearly as cold as Wednesday night's front. Expect lows Sunday and Monday night in the 30s and 40s with highs Monday and Tuesday in the 50s to mid 60s.

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