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Significant Snowfall for Washington Cascades and Northern Rocky Mountains

A cold front will linger for several days from the Pacific Northwest to portions of the northern Plains early this week. Cold temperatures and copious moisture will combine to produce several feet of snow into the mountain passes, with up to 4 feet of snow down to 4000 feet in the northern Rockies. Travel through mountain passes will be very difficult. Read More >

Patchy to dense fog is in place across much of North and Central Texas, leading to hazardous travel conditions. This dense fog is expected to persist through mid-morning. If driving, make sure to slow down, use low-beam headlights, and leave extra distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you.
A dense fog advisory is in effect until 11 AM. Slow down and use your low-beam headlights if you encounter reduced visibilities.
Fog and drizzle will be in store today, but the thickest fog will gradually diminish through the morning hours. An approaching storm system will then bring some low chances for showers and perhaps an isolated thunderstorm to the southeastern portions of our area later this afternoon and evening.
Temperatures won't cool all that much tonight as clouds and showers will be present across the region. Lows will generally be in the 50s area-wide. Precipitation chances will gradually increase through the night as a storm system approaches from the west.
A strong storm system will approach the region tonight, spreading additional shower and thunderstorm chances across the region. The highest precipitation chances will occur Tuesday morning through Tuesday evening before much drier air quickly moves in later Tuesday evening and overnight. In addition to some heavy rainfall which may lead to some localized flooding, some storms could be strong to marginally severe south and east of a Goldthwaite to Hillsboro to Paris line. Hail to near the size of quarters and gusty winds would be the main threats, in addition to cloud-to-ground lightning.
Forecast models are showing cold air arriving next week around December 22nd and 23rd (on average). What we do not know for sure yet is exactly when the cold air arrives, how cold temperatures will be, and if there will be any precipitation and what kind. We will be providing updates when/as we acquire better confidence in the late week forecast.

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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.



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



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