WINTER WEATHER THIS TUESDAYJanuary 26th, 2014 at 3:21 pm by Matt Barrentine under FOX10 Weather
We are officially on snow patrol! A strong push of arctic air will plow into the area Monday evening. Out ahead of that arctic air there will be run of the mill rain showers, but once that cold air is in place Tuesday we are setting up for quite a different scenario.
MOISTURE MOVES IN
Moisture from an upper-level disturbance will start spreading wintry weather across Texas early Tuesday morning. That moisture will move quickly eastward spreading sleet, freezing rain, and snow flurries along the Gulf Coast.
It’s likely we’ll see this all start out as a cold rain early Tuesday afternoon. As temps drop some of that rain should change over to sleet and possibly even freezing rain (the worst of winter weather). As we move into the evening hours many areas will see the precipitation completely change over to snow flurries with 1”-2” accumulations probable and even higher amounts in a few spotty areas. The last few flurries should wrap up Wednesday morning with melting occurring by the afternoon.
TRAVEL CONDITIONS DETERIORATE
As the weather picks up Tuesday travel will likely become treacherous. The biggest worry is icing on overpasses and bridges. Remember local municipalities are not equipped to deal with ANY kind of winter weather and all-season tires that nearly all of us drive on are fine for rain, but not for ice. Stayed tuned to FOX10 News we will definitely be keeping an eye out on the conditions and letting you know if it becomes unsafe.
THE REAL DEAL
Often winter weather events are marginal at best here on the Gulf Coast and many times they simply don’t pan out. This time though there’s a lot of agreement in the models and confidence is high that we will see a significant event.