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What North Texas can expect from this week's arctic cold front

Stella M. Chávez

A strong winter system is set to bring an arctic cold front to the region. Temperatures are expected to drop into the 20s by Wednesday night. Hazardous driving conditions will last until Friday morning.

North Texas will see widespread rain all day Wednesday with temperatures dropping suddenly in the evening.

As temperatures dip below freezing, precipitation will switch to a wintry mix. Snow or sleet will either begin Thursday morning or afternoon. Wind chills are expected to be in the single digits.

"There is a high probability of receiving both ice and sleet or snow accumulations," said Madison Gordon, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. "Right now, the accumulation totals are pretty uncertain, just because we're not quite sure when those sub-freezing temperatures are going to arrive."

Highs will be in the 20s and 30s for the rest of the week. At night, temperatures will drop into the teens with winds up to 20 mph.

Ahead of the storm, the National Weather Service urges residents to start preparing for the inclement weather. That includes stocking up on nonperishable foods, batteries and bottled water.

KERA's Rebekah Morr contributed to this report.

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Ana Perez is a KERA News producer and the intern coordinator for the station.