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Snow & Ice Across the Rockies & Plains; Zeta Forecast to Head Toward the Gulf Coast

Snow and ice will continue over the central and southern Rockies and eastward into the High Plains through Tuesday along with record cold temperatures. Farther west, critical to extreme fire weather conditions are expected in the Desert Southwest, Great Basin, and California. Elsewhere, Zeta is forecast to be at or near hurricane strength as it approaches the northern Gulf Coast on Wednesday. Read More >

 
 
 
 

TxDoT Road Conditions Map  |    TxDoT Road Conditions by County

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