Despite predicted cold temperatures and rainfall, meteorologists expect Texoma likely will not see winter weather over the weekend.
Forecasts from the National Weather Service call for temperatures to drop into the high 20s locally by Sunday night.
“In terms of rainfall, you guys are likely going to get between one and three inches of rainfall throughout this whole event,” Patricia Sanchez, a meteorologist with the NWS’ Fort Worth forecast office, said.
Sanchez said the worst weather will likely be centralized around central Texas and the Waco area, which could see up to six inches of rain in the next few days, Sanchez said. The NWS is also predicting portions of the Texas Panhandle could see as much as eight inches of wintery precipitation starting on Friday and extending into Saturday evening.
“There is still high confidence for a winter storm to impact portions of the Panhandle Friday morning through Saturday,” the weather service said via its website. “Details regarding amounts, precipitation type and location are still being worked out, and may change slightly over the next 12 to 24 hours.”
Locally, the weather is expected to start early Thursday afternoon with light, scattered storms that will increase in intensity leading into the evening hours, Sanchez said. This rainfall is expected to continue through Friday and into Saturday morning when it will start to wane off, leaving only light chances for wintery mix later in the day.
Despite the rainfall, Sanchez said temperatures are expected to remain above freezing during the day Saturday, with highs in the upper 30s. However, the forecast calls for nighttime temperatures to dip to about 30 degrees.
Despite this, Sanchez said the ground is expected to be warm enough that the remaining moisture on the ground will not freeze. However, she did not rule out the possibility of localized freezing in grass and elevated areas such as bridges.
Any frozen moisture will likely clear off Sunday as temperatures rise into the mid 40s before dropping down to 28 during the night, Sanchez said.
“It is still early, so these forecasts are still changing,” Sanchez said. “But we will be continuing to monitor the situation.”