The Texas Department of Transportation announced Friday it was pretreating roadways in the area as a precautionary measure in the case of winter weather this weekend. The National Weather Service in Fort Worth is predicting light freezing precipitation Saturday evening and into Sunday morning.
These conditions have the potential to impact roads and driving conditions in Northeast Texas. Meteorologist Matt Bishop said the precipitation would follow a cold front expected to push through Saturday morning.
“It might reach Grayson County around day break or even before that tomorrow,” Bishop said. “The weather will be colder during the day Saturday. On Saturday evening, temperatures will fall below freezing. That’s when we see the potential for freezing drizzle or light freezing rain.”
TxDOT anticipated having U.S. Highway 75 and Interstate 30 completely pretreated by the end of the day Friday, as well as bridges and overpasses.
“As the weekend approaches and unfolds, our weather response teams will continue this work and monitor the condition of roadways in all nine counties of the Paris District,” TxDOT said in a press release.
Bishop said light precipitation may be seen throughout the day Saturday but will not turn into winter weather until temperatures drop below freezing Saturday evening. By Saturday afternoon, things should begin to dry out and temperatures are expected to reach the mid- to upper 30s. Strong north winds may cause the wind chill to drop into the teens. Wind speed will be between 15 and 20 mph with some occasional higher gusts on both Saturday and Sunday.
Bishop said the cold front should be short lived.
“It will stay pretty chilly on Monday with lows in the 20s but a high around 50,” Bishop said. “There will be a high in the 50s on Tuesday. Wednesday will be warm with temperatures approaching 70 through the end of week.”
TxDOT cautioned motorists to monitor weather conditions frequently, and be prepared to make changes to travel plans, if needed. More information about winter travel safety is available online at https://www.txdot.gov/driver/weather/winter-travel.html.