Tuesday will not be the day to put away the winter weather gear. But the weather gurus say it will not be needed by the weekend. The long and short of it is that Tuesday will be wicked cold and could get wet too. But Wednesday starts a warming trend that will see the area hit the 60s by the weekend.

Tuesday will not be the day to put away the winter weather gear. But the weather gurus say it will not be needed by the weekend. The long and short of it is that Tuesday will be wicked cold and could get wet too. But Wednesday starts a warming trend that will see the area hit the 60s by the weekend.


Patchy, freezing drizzle will begin in the early hours of Tuesday and continue through the morning, said meteorologist Dan Shoemaker of the National Weather Service’s Fort Worth office. The area will also be affected by sleet in the morning. Light winter precipitation will continue throughout the afternoon. All precipitation is expected to end around 8 p.m. Tuesday’s low will be 25 degrees, and the high will be 32 degrees.


The winter precipitation will affect elevated areas of the roads, especially bridges, Shoemaker said.


Wednesday will be partly cloudy to clear, with a low of 22 degrees and a high of 47 degrees. Temperatures will continue to warm Thursday, when it will be mostly sunny with a low of 29 degrees a high of 58 degrees. Friday will also be sunny, and the low will be 33 degrees, high 63 degrees.


Roads


The Texas Department of Transportation issued a release urging Grayson County drivers to use caution on the roads Tuesday. The release offered the following suggestions:


• Drive slowly, with cruise control turned off and using smooth steering movements. "It’s harder to control or stop your vehicle on a slick or snow-covered surface," the release said.


• Increase your following distance enough so you’ll have plenty of time to stop for vehicles ahead of you;


• Accelerate and brake gently. When you brake, begin braking early, checking behind you, when approaching intersections or stops, and use slow, steady strokes to test traction;


• Approach bridges, shaded spots and turns slowly, and use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses and shaded areas, as they tend to freeze first. If you find yourself in a skid, stay calm and ease your foot off the gas while carefully steering in the direction you want the front of your vehicle to go.