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Turning Stormy in the Northwest

An active fall storm pattern developing in the Pacific Northwest this week will bring areas of heavy rain and high elevation snow. Northern California will benefit from rainfall this week that will aid firefighters given the recent large wildfires. Read More >

Partly cloudy. Increasing cloudiness late across Central Texas. With increasing humidity, low tonight will be in the 50s. Winds will be southeast at 5 to 10 mph.
We will have increasing cloudiness and warm Thursday. Highs in the 80s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
Southerly winds will bring increasing Gulf moisture to the region Thursday through Friday. Low chances of showers and thunderstorms will return Thursday night through Friday evening with the approach of an upper level disturbance. Lows Thursday night will be in the mid 50s to lower 60s and with increasing humidity lows Friday night will be in the 60s area wide. Highs will be in the upper 70s to lower 80s Friday.
There will be a chance of showers and thunderstorms during the day Saturday. The better threat for more organized thunderstorms will be Saturday evening through Sunday morning ahead of a cold front. Some of these storms may become severe, producing damaging winds and large hail. Locally heavy rain that could result in flooding and cloud to ground lightning will also be possible. Expect gusty northerly winds behind the front that will sweep through the Bowie and Breckenridge areas before midnight and through the Palestine and Cameron areas by late Sunday morning.

 
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While major winter storms are not as common here as they are farther north, winter weather can cause serious impacts across the area. Snowfall Picture of Heavy Snow in Decatur in March 2008

Heavy snow is a somewhat rare event for North Texas, but freezing rain and sleet can and often do impact North Texas more frequently and more severely. 

This is a good time, then, to review some winter weather facts and safety tips to help make the cold weather season a safe one in north Texas.

 

The latest CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER forecast for Winter 2016-2017 for North and Central Texas suggests a chance for below normal precipitation this winter with a chance for above normal temperatures

   

 

 

Normal Snowfall For North and Central Texas
(Normal Period 1965-1995)

Average Snowfall Map for much of Texas. Average snowfall on the map ranges from less than a quarter of an inch across the upper Texas coast to over nine inches close to the lower Texas Panhandle.

 

DFW

All-Time 
Lowest Temp

Rank Temp (°F) Date
1 -8 02-12-1899
2 -2 01-31-1949
3 -1 12-23-1989
  -1 01-18-1930
5 1 01-12-1912
  1 02-13-1905
 
Most Snowfall in a Season
17.6 " 1977-78
 
 
Average Date of
First and Last Freeze
Nov 22 Mar 13

 

Waco

All-Time
Lowest Temp

Rank Temp (°F) Date
1 -5 01-31-1949
2 -4 12-23-1989
3 -1 01-18-1930
4 1 01-30-1949
5 2 12-23-1929
     
 
Most Snowfall in a Season
15.0 " 1929-30
 
Average Date of
First and Last Freeze
Nov 23 Mar 11
 

Greatest Number of Freezes
by Season

Rank # of Days Year
1 62 1977-78
2 61 1963-64
3 59 1959-60
4 58 1964-65
5 56 1898-99
 

Greatest Number of Freezes
by Season

Rank # of Days Year
1 51 1909-10
2 50 1995-96
  50 1983-84
  50 1976-77
  50 1939-40