A strong cold front will move through the Panhandles today. Precipitation is expected to begin this afternoon as liquid, before changing to frozen precipitation by this evening. A combination of light freezing drizzle and light freezing rain is expected for the majority of the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles. Ice accumulations are expected to remain light and predominantly on elevated surfaces.
A transition to light snow and sleet is expected for the northwestern Texas and western Oklahoma Panhandles where storm total snow amounts could range from 1-3 inches. Also breezy northerly winds of 20-30 mph with higher gusts will cause wind chill values to drop into the single digits Friday morning across the entire Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles. Frozen precipitation will end from east to west by Saturday morning.
Liquid precipitation is expected to begin freezing by 6 pm this evening. Light freezing drizzle and rain will begin to change to light snow and sleet across the northwestern Texas and western Oklahoma Panhandles by midnight tonight. A transition to a light snow, freezing drizzle and freezing rain mixture is expected by noon Friday. Frozen precipitation will end by 6 am Saturday morning.
The combination of light freezing rain, sleet, snow and blowing snow may cause roads, bridges and overpasses to become slick in spots, further causing hazardous driving conditions. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibility, and use extra caution while driving.
TxDOT’s Amarillo District reports that its crews are on standby and ready to go.
Snowplows and trucks that apply traction and de-icing materials to icy roads are loaded and ready. Crews will work around the clock to clear roads and assist where needed.
“TxDOT is prepared for the storm and asks all motorists to slow down and be safe,” said Amarillo District Engineer Ron Johnston.
Road conditions will be updated frequently on TxDOT’s road condition web page at www.drivetexas.org.