The Texoma region saw freezing rain and light ice accumulation on roadways between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning, and while the National Weather Service forecasts include another round of potential showers later this week, warmer temperatures will likely prevent the possibility of wintry precipitation.
“We had a strong cold front pass through (Tuesday) during the early morning hours and it ushered in much colder temperatures into the area,” NWS Meteorologist Jason Godwin said. “While most of the moisture associated with this storm system was off to our east … there was enough that hung around to produce what fell as freezing rain. It doesn’t look like the accumulations were significant enough but to put a little icy glaze on some surfaces, especially bridges and overpasses.”
Godwin said no measurable rainfall was recorded at North Texas Regional Airport — Perrin Field, but freezing rain, accompanied by some lightning, still fell throughout the area. The conditions led to numerous wrecks along Grayson County roads and highways, including one along U.S. Highway 75 in Denison which required the air evacuation of one injured motorist. Several school districts also delayed the start of classes until temperatures warmed and road conditions improved. Grayson County and several other Red River counties were placed under a winter weather advisory which remained in effect from Tuesday afternoon through early Wednesday morning.
“The low got down to about 26 degrees Wednesday morning, but it had been below freezing continuously since about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon,” Godwin said. “Pretty much everything that was falling before then did so as liquid because of some warmer surface air above the ground, but beyond that 1:30 p.m. time frame, we did see light ice accumulation because temperatures had remained below freezing.”
The Weather Service meteorologist said daytime high temperatures are expected to rise in the coming days, but another front boasting overnight lows in the mid-20s will make for a cooler weekend.
“We’ll see a steady warming trend through Friday,” Godwin said. “We’ll be in the mid 50s Thursday and close to 60 degrees on Friday before we have the cool down, where highs fall back into the 40s on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.”
Godwin said the front will include the chance for more rain showers, but the return of any wintry mix is unlikely.
“We’re going to have another 30 percent chance for rain on Friday night, going into Saturday morning,” Godwin said. “Temperatures then will be well above freezing, so we’re not worried about any kind of frozen precipitation with that.”
Godwin added that the temperature fluctuations forecast for Texoma this week were not unusual for the winter season.
“This is a pretty typical Texas February,” Godwin said.