Temperatures will inch up in the coming days, but North Texas’ biggest ally in the fight to reclaim its streets from winter weather will be the sun, say forecasters.

Temperatures will inch up in the coming days, but North Texas’ biggest ally in the fight to reclaim its streets from winter weather will be the sun, say forecasters.


"You should be seeing the sun shine so that’s definitely good news," said Jennifer Dunn, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. "Even with a few hours of sun and temperatures above freezing, you will start to see some improvements to the roads and ice pack as well."


While the gains in road conditions will be significant during the day, Dunn warned that low overnight temperatures will make for icy streets and especially bridges during the next few mornings.


"Anything that does melt will have the potential to refreeze during the night, as temperatures drop into the lower 20s — some locations may even see the teens," she explained.


Texas Department of Transportation spokeswoman Becky Ozuna said the organization currently is running six crews in Grayson County looking for slick spots, clearing entrance and exit ramps, and pushing removed snow and ice into the ditches to interrupt the melt/freeze cycle. Ozuna said an additional two crews are devoted to Fannin County.


"Yesterday we got at least one clean lane on both U.S. (Highway) 75 and U.S. (Highway) 82 in both directions," said Ozuna. "We began treating other roadways late yesterday and last night which included SH (State Highway) 91, U.S. 69, FM 121, FM 1417, and SH 11. We still have many resources (people and equipment) helping from within the Paris District as well as some from both the Atlanta and Lufkin Districts."


Dunn said the meager warming trend Texoma experienced Monday will continue and accelerate as the week draws on, meaning mid-week vistas in the area should be very much like they were prior to the storm.


"The three-to five-day forecast is looking good; we’ll continue a warm-up and by the weekend be back into the 50s," she said. "At this rate you should see significant improvements, at the latest, by Wednesday."


While warm temperatures and sunshine will make for improved commutes, the next precipitation event, as usual this time of year, is just around the corner.


"We’ll stay pretty dry until Thursday night — where we have a 20 percent chance of rain — and Friday, and it does extend into Saturday for your area," said Dunn.