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Snow, Ice to Slicken Monday Commutes Across South

22 Feb 2015, 9:32 pm


Snow and ice are threatening to make Monday a slippery and messy trek for a large swath of the south, including the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and for parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama.

A fast-moving area of disturbed weather will push an icy mix of sleet and freezing rain into the Dallas-Fort Worth area just in time for the Monday morning rush, and sleet could last in northeast Texas all day on Monday before moving east later on in the evening. Further north, it should be all snow for Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Fort Smith, Arkansas, with 1-3″ of snow expected for these areas, with possibly an isolated four or five inch snowfall in a few communities. The snow may briefly mix with sleet, especially south of Oklahoma City and Fort Smith.

On Sunday night, the first round of wintry weather left a coating of freezing rain north of Dallas, impacting Denton and McKinney with a slick coating of freezing rain (see picture). Motorists should avoid travel in these areas if at all possible, but if you need to head out, drive slowly and carefully, particularly on bridges and overpasses.

School districts in Dallas and Little Rock, Arkansas have already closed schools for Monday, and many other area school districts have closed their doors as a result of the potentially hazardous weather.

Northern Alabama and Mississippi – especially north of Tupelo and Birmingham – will see up to a quarter inch of freezing rain and sleet on Monday morning, as well as northern Louisiana. I-20 in particular could be a slick drive from Louisiana through Alabama.

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport has already cancelled approximately half of its scheduled flights for Monday, according to the airport’s Twitter feed on Sunday night. Travelers should check with their airline, particularly those headed to the Dallas area.

Temperatures look to stay below average for the upcoming week in the South, with another potential system due to arrive on Wednesday, with more potential icy impacts across parts of the South mid-week. Of course, we’ll keep you posted on all of it right here at Safe travels!

Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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