As I’m sure you have heard or seen, the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex may see some wintry weather this week in the form of freezing rain and sleet. The forecast is certainly a fluid estimation, but here’s the current thinking.
Temperatures should remain above freezing until the early morning hours of Wednesday (2AM – 5AM) where they are projected to drop below the freezing level. Along with the drop in temperatures is the chance for precipitation which would certainly have the possibility to be a wintry mix.
As of right now (New Year’s Eve), the chance for freezing rain begins around 6AM on Wednesday morning and continues through the day Wednesday and into the early morning hours of Thursday (5AM). There is also a chance of sleet on Wednesday evening (6PM – 11PM). These times are not set in stone, just an estimate of when the wintry weather may start or end.
Any accumulations of rain, freezing rain, or sleet will likely freeze overnight Thursday since temperatures may dip into the upper 20s.
At this time, the highest chance for accumulations and potential travel impacts is in our western counties. Temperatures should remain above freezing for areas east of the DFW Metroplex.
As always, the forecast is a very fluid situation and will certainly change before Wednesday. There is no need to run to the store and cause a bunch of panic. Just keep this forecast in mind for your week and please check back for any updates. We recommend you continue to follow us, Texas Storm Chasers, and the US National Weather Service Fort Worth TX.
The Dallas Police Department is investigating an early morning shooting at a store in south Dallas.
Dallas police officers responded to the scene around 1:00am at Ruben’s Grocery parking lot, 1207 E. Red Bird Lane. Ruben’s Grocery, which appears to be a deli and beer/wine stop, is located at the intersection of University Hills Blvd / N. Houston School Road at E. Red Bird Lane in south Dallas.
Upon arrival, officers located a female on the ground next to the front door of the establishment. She had sustained an apparent gunshot wound. Dallas Fire-Rescue also responded to the scene and transported her to the hospital where she later died.
After investigating the scene and talking to witnesses, it was determined that the female victim took a gun from an unlocked car in the parking lot of the business. The owner of the vehicle, who was inside the store, witnessed the theft and confronted her outside.
A struggle ensued, and the weapon fired as he was attempting to take it away from the victim. Ultimately, the female was struck by the gunshot.
The owner of the gun remained at the scene and was questioned by Dallas police officers. After the interviews, it was determined that the shooter would be released pending a ruling from the Dallas County Grand Jury. The investigation is ongoing.
This week may get interesting with the possibility of wintry precipitation, says the National Weather Service. “Confidence is increasing that most of North and Central Texas will see some LIGHT winter precipitation midweek,” says the NWS Fort Worth office.
Everything should hold off until Wednesday. There is a chance of rain, sleet, and some snow throughout the day Wednesday, but it is too early to know whether there will be major travel impacts. At this time, the forecast only includes the chance for light precipitation, so major travel impacts are not expected. But stay up to date just in case things change.
Temperatures will fall below freezing overnight Tuesday and into the early morning hours of Wednesday. Some area temperatures may dip into the 20’s. Any precipitation that falls has the potential to be wintry in these temperatures.
We encourage you to check out our weather partners at Texas Storm Chasers and especially the US National Weather Service Fort Worth for more information. We will keep you updated as the week progresses because the forecast may certainly change by then.
Multiple emergency responders from Wise County including East Wise FD, Wise County EMS, and law enforcement agencies are working a major accident involving a vehicle rollover on southbound 287 between Decatur and Rhome. Reported to be near County Road 4421.
Southbound lanes are blocked while responders work the scene.
EMS has requested a medical helicopter to the scene. Some are declining response due to weather.
Avoid this area and take another route if your travels include this part of the freeway.
Update – PHI Med 10 helicopter has been launched to the scene.