While Texoma was not blessed with a White Christmas, residents woke to freezing precipitation, snow and a few icy roads Sunday, just in time for New Year’s Eve. Despite conditions expected to clear, and sunshine to remain in the forecast, officials said they do not expect any relief from the winter cold through at least midweek.
Meteorologists with the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Fort Worth said the winter weather started overnight Saturday with freezing precipitation, which made up the majority of the winter weather, before briefly transitioning to light snow Sunday morning.
Official reports from North Texas Regional Airport — Perrin Field found traces of ice, freezing rain and snow during the storms, NWS Meteorologist Juan Hernandez said Monday. With temperatures dropping into the midteens at night, the region is expected to remain below freezing through Wednesday, he said.
“Really we will not see relief from the cold for the next few days,” Hernandez said.
The winter weather did lead to some hazardous conditions on area roads, emergency officials said Sunday. The freezing precipitation contributed to about six to ten wrecks in Sherman alone, however Sherman Police Department officials said there were no major injuries during the storms and damage was relatively minor.
“A lot of it is in areas that haven’t been traveled heavily,” Sherman Police Lt. Kevin Garbacik said, attributing the wrecks to drivers going too fast down slick roadways.
The wrecks were fairly spread out across the city, but Garbacik said the intersection of State Highway 289 and U.S. Highway 82 saw multiple wrecks. This included a wreck that ended with a vehicle rollover at the intersection. Another hazardous spot was in between FM 1417 and Reynolds Road on Hwy. 82, he said.
Grayson County Emergency Management Coordinator Sarah Somers said she had not received any calls or reports of major incidents to her office Sunday morning.
Denison Police Lt. Mike Eppler said the Police Department had received no calls or reports of weather-related wrecks or incidents Sunday morning.
Hernandez said the coldest temperatures recorded Monday came shortly after 7:30 a.m. when it dropped to just 12 degrees. Temperatures were expected to hit a high of about 25 Monday, he said.
Temperatures will continue to creep higher Tuesday as they rise into the high 20s, but it will be Wednesday before they rise above freezing, with an expected high of about 40 degrees. Despite the warm up, Hernandez said temperatures will drop back down to about 19 degrees Wednesday night.
Thursday will see a second cold front roll into the area, and temperatures are only expected to hit about 38 degrees, he said.