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Arctic Air Plunges into the Great Lakes, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic

Arctic air dropping through the northern and eastern U.S. and a storm off the east coast will bring periods of snow, very cold wind chills and hazardous traveling conditions from the Upper Great Lakes to the Northeast. Meanwhile in southern California, Santa Ana winds will decrease but hot, dry air will remain over the area with elevated fire weather conditions. Read More >

The Geminid Meteor Shower peaks tonight (Wednesday night) from 10 pm until 4 am. With clear skies and a non-bright moon phase, it will be a great night to view the shower. Make sure to dress appropriately as temperatures will be falling into the 30s overnight.
Another cold front will move into the region this evening and overnight. This front will result in a north wind shift, but gusty winds are not expected until Thursday. Low temperatures tonight and Thursday morning will be in the 30s for most locations.
Temperatures today will be some 10-15 degrees cooler than they were on Wednesday, but will still be at or above normal for this time of year. Breezy north winds will develop later this morning. In addition, the air will remain dry, so there will be a continued elevated fire weather threat today across a good chunk of the forecast area. Exercise great care if any outdoor activities could result in fire ignition!
This map shows counties where Burn Bans are currently in effect. Burn Bans are established by County Judges and Commissioner Courts, so check with your local officials for further information.
Even cooler on Friday, with highs in the 50s area-wide. Mostly sunny skies will dominate across the northwest, while partly to mostly cloudy conditions will persist to the south and east. Winds will be out of the north at 10 mph or less.
A storm system will approach the region on Saturday, which will begin to draw Gulf moisture back northward. By Saturday evening and overnight, rain chances (perhaps with a few thunderstorms as well) will overspread all of North and Central Texas. Not everyone will get rain from this system, however. The highest rain chances will be along and east of I-35.
A low chance for showers will linger east of I-35 on Sunday morning. Additional low shower chances will return to our south and eastern counties Monday and Monday night. Otherwise, partly to mostly cloudy conditions will prevail with high temperatures generally in the 60s and lows in the 40s.

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North Texas Sleet and Ice Storm
February 24, 2003


 Preliminary Sleet/Snow/Ice Accumulation Map

A Major Winter Storm swept across all of North Texas Monday afternoon and Monday night as warm and moist air moved over a deep, cold, Arctic air mass at the surface.A major sleet and ice storm swept across North Texas on February 24th, 2003. This map shows ice accumulations from 1/3" to 3/4" across areas south of a line from Athens to Killeen. Areas north of this line experienced sleet and snow accumlations from 1/2" to near 5" inches. Most of the precipitation fell as sleet. 

Early Monday morning, a Winter Storm Watch was posted for Monday night for  southeast sections of North Texas.  As new weather data arrived later that morning, it became evident that all of North Texas would be under the gun for a winter event. Winter Storm Warnings were issued for Monday afternoon for the northwest 2/3'rds of the region, while an Ice Storm Warning was issued for Monday night across the southeast 1/3. 

The precipitation began across the west and northwest sections of North Texas around noon, where it lingered through 5 pm.

Most of the precipitation initially was in the form of sleet. New sleet showers developed across the southwestern sections of North Texas in the early evening, while some sleet and freezing rain also developed across the  south-central and southeast.

The sleet came down very heavy at times and before the precipitation ended, several locations across the north has received 3 to 4 inches of sleet and snow. Central sections of North Texas had 1 to 1 and 1/2 inches of mainly sleet.

Further south and southeast, ice accumulated between 1/4" and 3/4 inch.  The ice across the southeast caused numerous trees and power lines to fall, especially in Leon and Roberston Counties. Elsewhere, the sleet and snow helped to create numerous traffic accidents and the D/FW Airport reported numerous delays. 

While there was not a lot snow to play with, children across most of North Texas did delight in a day off from school, as some districts sent students home early Monday and many cancelled classes for Tuesday.