North Texas Could See 1 To 4 Inches Of Snow Wednesday
Move over sleet: Here comes the snow. We're watching the skies overnight for snowflakes.
Update, 11:32 p.m. Tuesday: The National Weather Service has been tweaking its snow forecast. It looks like Dallas-Fort Worth could see two to four inches of snow. Southern Dallas County and areas to the south could see one to three inches. The weather service says: "There is still uncertainty where exactly the heaviest snows will occur but right now we think the highest snowfall amounts will occur north of an area from Mineral Wells to DFW to Sulphur Springs. In this area, 2-4 inches of snow will be possible with locally higher amounts in snow bands."
Fort Worth ISD will open two hours late Wednesday. Many other districts say they will wait until Wednesday morning before deciding what to do. On Tuesday evening, Dallas ISD said it was planning to hold school at regular times Wednesday, but that officials would monitor road conditions overnight.
Update, 4:06 p.m. Tuesday: The National Weather Service has updated its North Texas snow forecast.
Dallas-Fort Worth could see one to two inches of snow. Parts of Rockwall County and areas east of Dallas-Fort Worth, including Greenville, Canton and Paris, could see up to three inches, and some eastern towns could see even more.
All of North Texas will be under a winter weather advisory starting at midnight through noon Wednesday.
Areas south of Dallas-Fort Worth could see up to an inch of snow – that includes towns south of a line from Cleburne to Corsicana.
Update, 3 p.m. Tuesday: It's finally above freezing in North Texas. Temperatures have climbed into the mid-30s. But after the sleet, prepare for some snow. Parts of North Texas could get up to 4 inches of snow Wednesday morning.
A winter storm watch will be in effect from midnight through noon Wednesday for Dallas-Fort Worth and Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, Denton and Rockwall counties, as well as several other counties in North Texas.
To the east, a winter storm warning will be in effect from midnight through 6 p.m. Wednesday -- that includes Tyler.
For outlying counties, a winter storm advisory will be in effect from midnight through noon Wednesday -- that includes cities northwest of D/FW (Bowie, Jacksboro) and southwest of D/FW (Stephenville, Comanche) and south of D/FW (Corsicana, Hillsboro, Palestine.)
Update, 11:45 a.m. Tuesday: The trial of an ex-Marine charged with killing famed Navy SEAL and "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and another man has resumed after a day's delay due to inclement weather. Prosecutors continued their rebuttal Tuesday in the trial of Eddie Ray Routh, as a forensics expert from New Jersey testified about his analysis of the crime scene. Howard J. Ryan noted the six gunshot wounds on Kyle were all on the right side of his body, indicating he had relatively no movement when shot. Ryan says Kyle "absolutely never saw this coming." The trial, which has drawn extra attention because of Kyle's memoir and the blockbuster film it inspired, was not held Monday due to icy conditions. Court officials say closing arguments could begin as early as Tuesday afternoon. [The Associated Press]
Update, 11 a.m. Tuesday: Officials say nobody was hurt after an American Airlines jet slid off a taxiway Monday night and got stuck in the grass during wintry conditions at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says the MD-80 plane's front nose gear slipped off the taxiway as the airplane turned a corner on Monday night. Airline officials say 63 passengers and five crew members were onboard Flight 296 from San Antonio. All passengers safely exited the plane and were taken by a bus to an airport terminal. Airline officials haven't confirmed what caused the plane to slip off the taxiway. Freezing rain led airlines to cancel more than 1,000 flights in and out of the airport Monday. [The Associated Press]
Update, 10:58 a.m. Tuesday: The Associated Press has details on flight problems: About 225 flights have been canceled a day after a North Texas winter storm left behind freezing temperatures and icy conditions. Fort Worth-based American Airlines, US Airways and its affiliates on Tuesday canceled 175 flights systemwide. American spokeswoman Andrea Huguely says the cancellations were mainly related to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Runways were open Tuesday at DFW airport, where more than 1,000 flights were canceled Monday due to weather. Dallas-based Southwest Airlines canceled about 50 flights nationwide Tuesday.
Update, 9:19 a.m. Tuesday: Various arts organizations are closed Tuesday, including the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Dallas Museum of Art.
Update, 8:12 a.m. Tuesday: Schools are still closed. Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Denton and Richardson ISDs are among the districts shut down. (There are many others -- check your local district's website or social media channels.)
Dallas County government offices and courts will have a delayed opening at noon Tuesday. Dallas City Hall is open for business, and municipal courts are open.
Roads remain icy. The precipitation that fell Monday froze overnight, creating icy patches. Authorities suggest you delay travel if you can.
Temperatures remain below freezing – in the 20s as of Tuesday morning. Temperatures should emerge above 32 degrees later today. We should see highs in the upper 30s.
D/FW International Airport runways remain open and roads around the airport are in good condition, the airport says. Airport crews continue to treat roadways, runways and taxiways. Airlines have canceled more than 75 departing flights, but a full schedule of flights should resume by late this morning, D/FW officials say.
Dallas police report fewer car accidents this morning compared to Monday. Since midnight, Dallas police have gotten 16 calls for accidents involving injuries on highways, 29 minor accidents, and 12 other accidents involving injuries.
But another storm is brewing – snow is in the forecast for Wednesday. A winter storm watch will be in effect from late tonight (midnight) through noon Wednesday. North Texas could see up to 4 inches of snow.
We'll have updates throughout the day here on KERANews.org. Also, tune in to KERA 90.1 FM Tuesday for more weather news.
Monday's storm coverage